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Maritime transport


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Key figures


million tonnes of goods were transported to and from the largest Norwegian ports in the 1st quarter of 2020

Sea freight transport. All ports and selected ports. Tonnes
1st quarter 2020Share
All ports49 993 630100.0
Oslo1 439 6842.9
Kristiansand437 4790.9
Stavanger530 1751.1
Bergen and Omland15 012 19330.2
Ålesund429 4730.9
Trondheim877 4801.8
Narvik5 829 13611.7
Tromsø203 1270.4

About the statistics

The statistics describe maritime transport in Norway by showing goods handled at Norwegian ports. The statistics also include international passenger transport as well as the passenger transport of the maritime coastal liner Hurtigruten.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Domestic transport is transport between Norwegian ports. Foreign transport is transport of goods between Norwegian and other countries ports

Local traffic: traffic within the Port Authority.

Coast traffic: traffic between Norwegian ports that’s not local traffic.

Foreign traffic: traffic between Norwegian and foreign ports.

Loaded means goods from land to ship

Unloaded means goods from ship to land.

Roro unit means wheeled equipment for carrying cargo, which can be driven or towed onto a vessel

Lolo unit means a unit which is lifted on or off the vessel.

Standard classifications

Type of cargo classification

  • Liquid bulk.
  • Dry bulk.
  • Containers lolo
  • Containers roro.
  • Roro units (Self propelled).
  • Roro units (Non-self-propelled).
  • Other general cargo.

Type of ship classification (ICST-COM)

  • Tankers (Liquid bulk) Oil tankers, chemical tankers, LG tankers, tanker barge and other tankers.
  • Bulk carriers (Dry bulk) Bulk/oil carrier and bulk carrier.
  • Container ship
  • Specialized vessels Barge carrier, chemical carrier, irradiated fuel, livestock carrier, vehicle carrier and other specialized carriers.
  • General cargo ship, non-specialized Reefer, roro passenger(*), roro container, other roro cargo, combination carrier general cargo/passenger, combination carrier general cargo/container, single decker and multi decker.
  • Dry cargo barge Deck barge, hopper barge, lash-seabee barge, open dry cargo barge, covered dry cargo barge and other dry cargo barge.
  • Passenger ship(**)
  • Cruise chip(**)
  • Fishing(**)
  • Offshore activities
  • Tugs(**)
  • Miscellaneous(**)

    (*) Domestic ferries and passengerboats are not covered by number of port call.

    (**) Not covered by numbers of port call

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Maritime transport
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

Port district

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Quarterly report to Eurostat


Not relevant


Background and purpose

The purpose is to measure and describe the goods- and passenger transport to sea, and to compare it with other ways of transportation. The statistics will give an opportunity to compare transport in Norway with transport in other European countries. The statistics were first published in 2003.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by governmental departments, shipping enterprises, research institutions and universities for planning, education and analysing purposes. The statistics are also used by individuals and international organizations with interest in Norwegian shipping.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

Not relevant

Legal authority

The Statistics Act $$ 2-2 and 2-3

EEA reference

Commission Decision 2001/423/EC of 22 May 2001 (on dissemination) (OJ L151 of 7.6.2001 p. 41)

Commission Decision 2008/861/EC of 29 October 2008 (codified version) (Port list) (OJ L306 of 15.11.2008 pp. 66-97)

Directive 2009/42/EC of the EP and the Council of 6 May 2009 (recast) (OJ L141 of 6.6.2009 pp. 29-47)

Commission Decision 2010/216/EC of the EP and the Council of 14 April 2010 (OJ L94 of 15.4.2010 pp. 33-40)

Regulation 1090/2010 of the EP and the Council of 24 November 2010 (OJ L325 of 9.12.2010 pp. 1-3)

Commission Delegated Decision 2012/186/EU of 3 February 2012 amending Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistical returns in respect of carriage of goods and passengers by sea. (OJ L101 of 11.4.2012 pp. 5-14)



The statistics are based on reports from public and private ports with a total amount of transported goods of about one million tonnes or more. Public and private ports with a total cargo of less than 1 million tonnes are not included in the quarterly statistics but are included in a yearly statistics. The statistics do not include fishing catching vessels and special types of vessels such as towing vessels, research/seismic vessels and drilling vessels.

The numbers of port call does not include domestic ferries and passenger boats. The distribution between domestic and foreign traffic in port calls are based on where the vessel are coming from.

The table on the Coastal Liner between Bergen and Kirkenes include only passengers.

Change in the reporting from the Coastal Liner from 2013.

Data sources and sampling

Public and private ports with a total cargo of more than one millions tonnes.

The numbers on the Coastal Liner are sent from Hurtigruten Group ASA

See 3.

The categories "Unspecified, Southern Norway" and "Unspecified - Northern Norway" consist of private ports and public ports that report less that 10 000 tonnes of transported goods each year. Southern Norway consists of all counties from Østfold to and including the county of Nord-Trøndelag. Northern Norway consists of the northernmost counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.

A port district is the geographic area a public port administration is responsible of.

Some of the port districts in Norway are inter-municipal companies which consist of several municipalities.

  • Borg Port (Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Hvaler)
  • Moss Port (Moss)
  • Oslo Port (Oslo)
  • Drammen Port (Drammen, Lier, Røyken, Hurum, Svelvik)
  • Tønsberg Port (Tønsberg)
  • Sandefjord Port (Sandefjord)
  • Larvik Port (Larvik)
  • Grenland Port (Skien, Bamble, Porsgrunn)
  • Kristiansand Port (Kristiansand)
  • Kvinesdal Port (Kvinesdal)
  • Eigersund Port (Eigersund)
  • Stavanger Port (Stavanger, Sola, Randaberg, Rennesøy)
  • Sauda Port (Sauda)
  • Karmsund Port (Sveio, Tysvær, Haugesund, Bokn, Bømlo, Karmøy)
  • Bergen Port (Bergen, Askøy, Austrheim, Fedje, Fjell, Lindås, Meland, Os, Radøy, Sund, Øygarden)
  • Flora Port (Alden port area: Flora, Askvoll, Fjaler, Førde, Gaular, Hyllestad, Naustdal)
  • Bremanger Port (Bremanger)
  • Nordfjord Port (Vågsøy, Selje, Gloppen, Stryn)
  • Ålesund Port (Ålesund, Giske, Haram, Sula)
  • Molde and Romsdal Port (Molde, Aukra, Fræna, Midsund, Nesset, Rauma, Vestnes)
  • Kristiansund and Nordmøre Port (Aure, Averøy, Gjemnes, Halsa, Kristiansund, Sunndal, Surnadal, Smøla, Tingvoll, Hemne, Hitra)
  • Trondheim Port (Trondheim, Orkdal, Stjørdal, Malvik, Frosta, Leksvik, Levanger, Verdal, Inderøy, Verran, Steinkjer, Frøya, Namsos)
  • Brønnøy Port (Brønnøy)
  • Helgeland Port (Mosjøen (Vefsn), Alstahaug, Dønna, Leirfjord)
  • Mo i Rana Port (Rana)
  • Bodø Port (Bodø)
  • Narvik Port (Narvik)
  • Harstad Port (Harstad Ibestad)
  • Tromsø Port (Tromsø)
  • Hammerfest Port (Hammerfest)
  • Kirkenes Port (Sør - Varanger)

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The information is colleted automatically from the ports administrative system (PORTwin), and send to Statistics Norway by  secure web portal for reporting of data. 

Mathematical and logic controls are used to check for recording errors or other obvious errors in data. The data are checked against reports for last year. The respondent is contacted in the event of partial non-response or other significant errors.

When a port fail to deliver data in sufficient time before publishing, estimation of the data will be done. The estimated amount of cargo is based on the development to the other ports from last quarter.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Industrial businesses operating their own port facilities are are confidential by nature. In the statistics, these are aggregated together in their own code NO88K - Norway - Unspecified, quarterly survey.

From and including the yearly of 2016 the code NO88K is split into two separate codes

  • NO88N - Northern Norway, unspecified
  • NO88S - South Norway, unspecified.

Comparability over time and space

The statistics are new from year 2003 and are not comparable with previous years.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Some measuring errors may occur as a result of codification errors.


Not relevant