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handelsfl, The Norwegian Merchant Fleet, Norwegian owned ships, foreign owned ships, Norwegian International Shipping Register (NIS), Norwegian Ordinary Ships Register (NOR), ship size, ship types (for example tankers, passenger ships, fishing boats)Sea transport , Transport and tourism
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The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

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Key figures

1 514

vessels in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet at the end of 2019

The merchant fleet
2019Per Cent Change
2018 - 20192014 - 2019
All
Vessels1 5144.610.6
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)18 016 9676.718.8
NOR - Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register
Vessels8891.70.5
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)1 901 1954.1-5.1
NIS - Norwegian International Ship Register
Vessels6258.929.1
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)16 115 7727.022.4

See selected tables from this statistics

Table 1 
The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year

The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year12
Vessels registered in Norwegian ship registers totalNorwegian International Ship RegisterNorwegian Ordinary Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)Norwegian ownedForeign ownedVesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods
2Norwegian Maritime Directorate and The Norwegian ship registers NIS/NOR .
3New primary data source.
20161 40216 404 59242711 479 223932 943 1248821 982 245
20171 44116 790 48445411 769 0381023 041 5688851 979 878
201831 44816 885 29845011 242 3431243 816 9498741 826 006
20191 51418 016 96749211 839 4401334 276 3328891 901 195

Table 2 
Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel

Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel12
2019
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Registered
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods.
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR.
Oil tanker1316 18400563 484 71116446 159
Chemical tankers56 02600611 072 62037790 930
Gas tanker11 68700341 223 829181 395 714
Floating production/storage vessel00000000
Tank barge00000000
Foodstuff tanker63 497000000
Other tanker1926000000
Bulk vessel2122 18400862 386 4403112 047
Combination vessel23 894007186 81700
Sand/rock dumping vessel00000000
Fish carrier/Well boat85134 78221 885416 84341 710
General cargo vessel167139 4450063605 5567130 464
Container carrier24 9450016474 57100
Dry cargo barge00000000
Ro-Ro freight45 732007367 7514268 560
Frozen/refrigerated vessel37 75515 943726 301517 403
Vehicle carrier0000171 121 28311670 636
Combined general cargo carrier00000000
Barge carrier00000000
Other dry cargo vessels00000000
Passenger ships162182 18317 344243 530147 861
Car Ferry237521 27413130000
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier14106 07900211 78200
Cruise ship0000005239 229
Other passenger vessels24105 90700218 34200
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels115515 8581363 45483404 1571664 438
Offshore service vessels733 79900516 704116 697
Drill units00000000
Offshore survey/seismographic research00000000
Cable vessel00000000
Pipe layer00000000
Andre offshoreskip00000000
Tug and pusher vessel00000000
Salvage and rescue vessel00000000
Fishing vessel00000000
Trawler00000000
Fish factory00000000
Hunting vessel00000000
Fishery protection00000000
Research vessel00000000
Dredger00000000
Icebreaker00000000
Lighthouse vessel00000000
Crane ship00000000
Pilot ship00000000
Inspection vessel/patrol ship00000000
Work ship210 0980040378 203574 484
Other support vessel00000000
Yacht00000000
Lifeboat00000000
Submarine00000000
Floating units00000000
Training vessel00000000
Landing craft00000000
Unknown00000000

Table 3 
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel

Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel12
2019
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegian ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR
Unknown gt.00000000
0 - 24 gt.00000000
25 - 99 gt.00000000
100 - 199 gt.16223 78400113500
200 - 299 gt.7818 95600001255
300 - 399 gt.4214 80213130000
400 - 499 gt.5927 40214760031 455
500 - 999 gt.12796 9660032 2171549
1 000 - 1 499 gt.7390 23911 40979 03611 300
1 500 - 1 999 gt.5187 47500711 81011 859
2 000 - 2 499 gt.4192 627002353 35912 285
2 500 - 2 999 gt.52145 838003494 92338 582
3 000 - 3 999 gt.56200 474414 59444154 6661448 802
4 000 - 4 999 gt.54242 276418 25732143 991628 296
5 000 - 5 999 gt.1898 369421 98025137 623211 753
6 000 - 6 999 gt.19123 56916 6321381 965213 262
7 000 - 7 999 gt.18134 360215 27820149 83517 883
8 000 - 8 999 gt.757 40200543 293217 658
9 000 - 9 999 gt.0000767 61100
10 000 - 10 999 gt.0000332 065110 692
11 000 - 11 999 gt.667 7240013153 989222 720
12 000 - 12 999 gt.00009112 148112 162
13 000 - 13 999 gt.0000455 57200
14 000 - 14 999 gt.0000343 544457 350
15 000 - 19 999 gt.351 5930018318 62210173 684
20 000 - 24 999 gt.000012273 9856133 212
25 000 - 29 999 gt.127 1640029833 02315424 886
30 000 - 34 999 gt.134 23100632 034 7095157 060
35 000 - 39 999 gt.136 82200371 358 9566221 709
40 000 - 44 999 gt.00009382 8228342 956
45 000 - 49 999 gt.00006283 00316764 390
50 000 - 59 999 gt.000012673 2562117 062
60 000 - 69 999 gt.0000211 384 0255336 952
70 000 - 79 999 gt.2150 183007524 1134296 186
80 000 - 89 999 gt.0000151 226 691188 919
90 000 - 99 999 gt.00005457 8522192 306
100 000 - 149 999 gt.00001111 1097780 147
150 000 - 199 999 gt.00004629 49200
200 000 - 249 999 gt.00000000
250 000 - 299 999 gt.00000000
300 000 gt. and over00000000

Table 4 
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age

Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age
2019
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
04- years118296 187624 662783 055 186311 140 811
5-9 years134445 648628 1131252 953 83727951 769
10-14 years111421 248319 5711343 335 170401 497 946
15-19 years61216 35215 804651 493 25513411 801
20-24 years51106 786147644720 16113152 591
25-29 years3991 3760020134 413527 492
30 years and over357244 659131325142 083493 922
Unknown age000015 33500

Table 5 
Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port

Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port
2019
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Åkrehamn34 168000000
Ålesund76169 656524 93533196 956830 312
Arendal321 23800279 683558 332
Askerøy00000000
Bergen123169 01337 8282035 342 938471 199 026
Bodø2716 740000000
Brønnøysund1215 574000000
Brevik00000000
Drøbak2761000000
Drammen44 701000000
Egersund000013434 384130 945
Farsund00000000
Flekkefjord31 0150049 70300
Florø65133 492131322 88800
Fosnavåg24100 42514 2931790 46239 051
Fredrikstad2443000000
Grimstad516 4680017575 345245 832
Halden2388000000
Hammerfest3827 50329 64013 6503286 087
Hamar1261000000
Harstad1915 064000000
Holmestrand1534000000
Haugesund3354 42500371 050 184251 268
Horten940 511000000
Hvitsten00000000
Hamnvik00000000
Kopervik52 6730024 51900
Kirkenes00000000
Kragerø31 300000000
Kristiansand S11121 53800642 13311 859
Kristiansund N2212 89500172100
Langesund00000000
Levanger00000000
Lillesand0000120 84600
Longyearbyen0014 32422 663142 996
Lyngør00000000
Larvik000000142 835
Melbu00000000
Mandal419 281000016 279
Mo00000000
Molde3146 6550000120 043
Måløy710 7710012 38000
Moss15 505000000
Mosjøen00000000
Myre26 221000000
Namsos1610 516000000
Narvik1523 6890000142 893
Odda1343000000
Oslo29160 84400582 510 679361 890 055
Porsgrunn00000000
Risør00000000
Rørvik915 624000000
Sandnes725 2910013 078115 016
Sarpsborg1133000000
Sandefjord347 355000000
Sigerfjord00000000
Skudeneshavn1784 899211 46129189 582763 502
Skien42 473000000
Sortland36 264000000
Sandnessjøen3134 418000000
Steinkjer00000000
Stokmarknes42 695000000
Stavanger6980 51528 801411 142 270110 692
Svolvær42 304000000
Tønsberg22 52900006411 906
Trondheim6076 373001455 93500
Tromsø56225 67517 344778 441517 403
Tvedestrand00000000
Vardø21 097000000
Vadsø00000000

Table 6 
Vessels in Norwegian ship registers not in the merchant fleet, by type of vessel

Vessels in Norwegian ship registers not in the merchant fleet, by type of vessel
2019
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Oil tanker221 24300
Chemical tankers0000
Gas tanker0000
Floating production/storage vessel2162 21100
Tank barge21 24000
Foodstuff tanker0000
Other tanker39700
Bulk vessel13300
Combination vessel0000
Sand/rock dumping vessel0000
Fish carrier/Well boat1632000
General cargo vessel1688 30100
Container carrier1000
Dry cargo barge306335 40800
Ro-Ro freight0000
Frozen/refrigerated vessel0000
Vehicle carrier0000
Combined general cargo carrier15000
Barge carrier132900
Other dry cargo vessels38600
Passenger ships69318 88600
Car Ferry211 42800
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier0000
Cruise ship0000
Other passenger vessels2385100
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels0000
Offshore service vessels0000
Drill units5190 06200
Offshore survey/seismographic research44 56826219 016
Cable vessel311 014223 343
Pipe layer0000
Andre offshoreskip0000
Tug and pusher vessel18546 9692854
Salvage and rescue vessel4318 74300
Fishing vessel5 722385 97600
Trawler5872 64900
Fish factory24900
Hunting vessel61 90900
Fishery protection0000
Research vessel2643 284311 626
Dredger133 11500
Icebreaker248900
Lighthouse vessel82 29400
Crane ship1218 1213103 139
Pilot ship502 01600
Inspection vessel/patrol ship141 02416 074
Work ship2 75975 36900
Other support vessel362 553222 170
Yacht9 50435 97800
Lifeboat3000
Submarine0000
Floating units72393 5134196 861
Training vessel517 02300
Landing craft0000
Unknown863 46500

About the statistics

The statistics show the size and structure of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet. The Norwegian Merchant Fleet consists of vessels for transport, with a gross tonnage of 100 tonnes or more, registered in NIS and NOR.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Ship register

Norway has two ship registers; The Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) and The Norwegian Ship Register (NOR). NIS was established in 1987 in order to improve the competitiveness of Norwegian ships. NIS is also open to foreign owned ships. NOR is primarily limited to Norwegian ships operating in Norwegian waters.

Gross tonnage

Gross tonnage is a function of the moulded volume of all enclosed spaces of the ship.

Standard classifications

Classification of ship types has changed from 2007 and on. Through 2006 ships in the merchant fleet was split between wet bulk and dry bulk. Wet bulk includes gas tankers, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, product tankers and other wet bulk tankers. Dry bulk includes combined tankers (OBO; Oil Bulk Ore, and OO; Oil Ore), dry cargo, passengers/ferries, general cargo, offshore supply/standby vessels. The new standard, Classification of type of vessel 2008 , in use from 2007, does not constitute a change in which vessels are included in the merchant fllet.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: The Norwegian Merchant Fleet
Topic: Transport and tourism

Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

By home port of vessel.

Frequency and timeliness

Year

International reporting

Not relevant

Microdata

Production data are kept in SAS and stored long term in ASCII format.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose is to measure the Norwegian registered merchant fleet's size and structure. Until 1957 the statistics comprised of all vessels required to be registered according to Norwegian law - that is, all vessels of steam and motor engine of 25 gross tons and above, and sail ships of 50 gross tons and above. The statistics comprised therefore of many vessels not included in the merchant fleet, e.g. all fishing vessels, whale catching vessels and other specialized vessels (towing, rescue and salvage, ice brakers, cabel laying vessels, and so forth) of 25 (for sail ships 50) gross tons. In 1957 all the Nordic countries agreed to limit the merchant fleet to vessels carrying cargo and passengers of 100 gross tons and above.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by National Accounts, governmental departments, shipping enterprises, research institutions and universities. The statistics are also used by individuals with interest in Norwegian shipping.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

The register was until 2001 used for collection of data in the survey Domestic Maritime Transportation

Arrivals of vessels at Norwegian and foreign ports is an additional source of information on ships registered in NIS.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act $2-2 and 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The statistics was through the year 2009 based on The Maritime Directorate's control system for Norwegian registered vessels, and included all merchant vessels of 100 gross tons and above for passenger and goods transport. The statistics do not include fishing vessels and special vessels such as towing, rescue and salvage, ice breakers, research/weather/seismic vessels, cable laying vessels, drilling vessels and so forth. Statistics over fish catching vessels are published on Fishing and fish farming

All vessels in NIS and NOR must hold certificates issued by the directorate

Data sources and sampling

Through 2008 data was supplied by The Maritime Directorate who through the control system manages certificates needed for the various types of traffic. All vessels in NIS and NOR must hold certificates issued by the directorate. The data supplied to Statistiscs Norway was based on a criteria of valid main certificate in parts of the year.

Starting with the year of 2009 data is collected directly from Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR. This change in sourcing does not impact the type of vessels included in the merchant fleet.

With the shift to Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR, as data supplier, the requirement of valid main certificate is abandoned.

The statistics is a total count of all Norwegian registered vessels given the limitations described earlier.

With Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR as new data supplier in 2009, all vessels in the registrer can be found in tables of Statbank. Main focus is nevertheless on the merchant fleet.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The situation described in the data is as of 31st of december.

The information on the vessels are transmitted electronically, and are adapted to the computer system in Statistics Norway.

Statistics Norway makes few changes on submitted data beyond checking classification codes. In the event that these are found to be wrong or missing the data supplier is consulted. Tabulated data is compared to previous years.

Data is receieved with the vessel types given by The Maritime Directorate which are coded into the standard used by Statistics Norway

No computations are made beyond those required for aggregate numbers.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The extraction of data from The Norwegian Maritime Directorate control system was altered from 2000 and onwards to include only vessels with valid main certificate.

Starting with 2009, data supplier is Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR. This means that the requirement of a valid main certificate is abandoned.

In May 2011 there were discovered errors in classifications for the posted figures for the years 2007-2009. For the merchant fleet in total the error was limited to two vessels in 2007 and 2008, and eight vessels in 2009. The error affected all categories. Revised figures were posted in Statbank while auxiliary tables in the main posting are left unchanged.

Beginning from 2017, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (SDIR) decided to categorize "construction ships" as part of the Norwegian merchant fleet. This originally led to a deviation between the figures published by SDIR and Statistics Norway for 2017 by 41 vessels. The deviation was corrected on February 1, 2019.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

A possible error is deviation of procedure regarding the extraction of data from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate control system, but this is assumed to be small. Errors in data processing can occur if new codes or other non-defined information isn't discovered, and may be wrongly processed. The data has not been changed after receiving the data from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

The above source of error pertains to previous data supplier. This will also apply to Skipsregistren NIS/NOR.

The statistics are a full count of all Norwegian registered vessels with the restrictions mentioned in the chapter about production.

The quality of the statistics depends on the quality in the control system at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. The control system is assumed to be of good quality.

Revision

Not relevant