The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

Updated: 1 March 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Vessels in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet
Vessels in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet
2020
1 571

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year
The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year1 2
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)
20171 44116 790 48445411 769 0381023 041 5688851 979 878
20181 44816 885 29845011 242 3431243 816 9498741 826 006
20193 1 51418 016 96749211 839 4401334 276 3328891 901 195
20201 57119 259 13448512 074 9961705 167 9529162 016 186
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.
Explanation of symbols
The merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel
The merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel1 2
2020
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)
Oil tanker1617 49100522 904 797231 559 282
Chemical tankers56 02600661 185 62343898 849
Gas tanker11 68700432 315 8629364 940
Floating production/storage vessel00000000
Tank barge00000000
Foodstuff tanker63 497000000
Other tanker1926000000
Bulk vessel2022 01800481 127 795391 329 089
Combination vessel23 8940011198 79500
Sand/rock dumping vessel00000000
Fish carrier/Well boat93156 90900717 86453 349
General cargo vessel160126 898525 37456598 81418223 039
Container carrier38 1660023699 9063102 945
Dry cargo barge00000000
Ro-Ro freight45 7320010580 536155 775
Frozen/refrigerated vessel312 48000622 484621 220
Vehicle carrier0000231 484 3094260 378
Combined general cargo carrier00000000
Barge carrier00000000
Other dry cargo vessels00000000
Passenger ships165152 320239 013391 39100
Car Ferry249554 37713130000
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier17113 65800211 78200
Cruise ship0000005239 229
Other passenger vessels24105 907116 15112 19100
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels114527 4431466 23290420 220840 742
Offshore service vessels521 11914 537633 40100
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 ship424 0170038379 226669 115
Other support vessel00000000
Yacht00000000
Lifeboat00000000
Submarine00000000
Floating units00000000
Training vessel00000000
Landing craft00000000
Unknown00000000
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods.
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR.
Explanation of symbols
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel1 2
2020
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)
Unknown gt.00000000
0 - 24 gt.00000000
25 - 99 gt.00000000
100 - 199 gt.15823 1001180113500
200 - 299 gt.7818 9660025101265
300 - 399 gt.4415 4241313138300
400 - 499 gt.6329 287000031 455
500 - 999 gt.13099 0080042 9391549
1 000 - 1 499 gt.7289 3250078 70100
1 500 - 1 999 gt.5085 97600610 13135 167
2 000 - 2 499 gt.4499 48412 1912353 58800
2 500 - 2 999 gt.60167 648003496 070411 407
3 000 - 3 999 gt.57203 765414 27655191 689725 020
4 000 - 4 999 gt.53236 128836 47934154 685628 150
5 000 - 5 999 gt.25136 10515 0681688 419845 032
6 000 - 6 999 gt.17111 451425 1941594 851320 372
7 000 - 7 999 gt.21157 358214 94616119 475429 458
8 000 - 8 999 gt.649 25900869 13018 829
9 000 - 9 999 gt.0000658 53719 074
10 000 - 10 999 gt.0000442 75700
11 000 - 11 999 gt.779 1110013153 897222 725
12 000 - 12 999 gt.000011137 354224 867
13 000 - 13 999 gt.0000455 57200
14 000 - 14 999 gt.0000229 142457 350
15 000 - 19 999 gt.351 593116 15111188 35615272 276
20 000 - 24 999 gt.000015343 079491 333
25 000 - 29 999 gt.127 1640027785 25218507 657
30 000 - 34 999 gt.134 23100361 178 930351 125 973
35 000 - 39 999 gt.00136 822371 372 96714510 776
40 000 - 44 999 gt.00009391 2348338 785
45 000 - 49 999 gt.000014664 3535239 229
50 000 - 59 999 gt.000011622 0654224 009
60 000 - 69 999 gt.0000261 723 565160 868
70 000 - 79 999 gt.2150 183009672 8352143 346
80 000 - 89 999 gt.0000121 007 58210827 626
90 000 - 99 999 gt.00007650 15800
100 000 - 149 999 gt.00007791 9092221 608
150 000 - 199 999 gt.00002314 7462314 746
200 000 - 249 999 gt.00000000
250 000 - 299 999 gt.00000000
300 000 gt. and over00000000
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR
Explanation of symbols
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age
2020
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- years130354 55800592 602 370541 976 803
5-9 years129390 313945 993932 282 208331 008 125
10-14 years128461 901873 3011364 011 792471 326 517
15-19 years57209 064429 642831 508 13418614 619
20-24 years56114 91500631 192 0639102 155
25-29 years4093 0580021201 8405130 091
30 years and over352240 75732 68429273 28049 642
Unknown age000013 30900
Explanation of symbols
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and home port
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and home port
2020
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)
Åkrehamn45 136000000
Ålesund80198 55828 38335199 52222 111
Arendal321 238004122 7165117 024
Askerøy00000000
Bergen116152 88429 6001774 264 493892 476 689
Bodø2716 760000000
Brønnøysund1117 767000000
Brevik00000000
Drøbak2761000000
Drammen44 701000000
Egersund000011379 0784127 887
Farsund00000000
Flekkefjord31 0150025 07400
Florø72150 781131322 88800
Fosnavåg1874 470729 9551577 285417 097
Fredrikstad2443000000
Grimstad725 7650013409 7954108 825
Halden2388000000
Hammerfest4650 536002243 194246 543
Hamar1261000000
Harstad1713 55411800000
Holmestrand1534000000
Haugesund3359 1100035783 6149637 535
Horten840 895000000
Hvitsten00000000
Hamnvik00000000
Kopervik62 9860037 96100
Kirkenes00000000
Kragerø31 300000000
Kristiansand S769 731456 536639 045214 946
Kristiansund N2516 3190055 0512740
Langesund00000000
Levanger00000000
Lillesand00000000
Longyearbyen24 5500036 316142 996
Lyngør00000000
Larvik000000142 835
Melbu00000000
Mandal1366425 1940000
Mo00000000
Molde3147 576000000
Måløy710 7710012 38000
Moss15 505000000
Mosjøen00000000
Myre26 221000000
Namsos1612 056000000
Narvik1724 8730000142 893
Odda1343000000
Oslo28161 35000663 463 19128882 464
Porsgrunn13 221000000
Risør00000000
Rørvik814 647000000
Sandnes622 1850013 07800
Sarpsborg1133000000
Sandefjord347 355000000
Sigerfjord00000000
Skudeneshavn1893 4350038249 623114 506
Skien42 473000000
Sortland36 264000000
Sandnessjøen3034 252000000
Steinkjer00000000
Stokmarknes53 621000000
Stavanger7798 61213 117411 413 69411442 987
Svolvær42 304000000
Tønsberg1377005269 6922143 346
Trondheim6595 18612 1911465 01600
Tromsø60239 900116 151662 29026 528
Tvedestrand00000000
Vardø21 097000000
Vadsø00000000
Explanation of symbols
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
2020
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Oil tanker221 23900
Chemical tankers0000
Gas tanker0000
Floating production/storage vessel191 15300
Tank barge186700
Foodstuff tanker0000
Other tanker412100
Bulk vessel0000
Combination vessel0000
Sand/rock dumping vessel0000
Fish carrier/Well boat1628100
General cargo vessel1557 62400
Container carrier0000
Dry cargo barge306334 51900
Ro-Ro freight0000
Frozen/refrigerated vessel0000
Vehicle carrier0000
Combined general cargo carrier15000
Barge carrier132900
Other dry cargo vessels38600
Passenger ships66018 55900
Car Ferry201 38500
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier0000
Cruise ship0000
Other passenger vessels2071300
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels0000
Offshore service vessels0000
Drill units5190 06200
Offshore survey/seismographic research44 56824196 338
Cable vessel311 014223 343
Pipe layer0000
Andre offshoreskip0000
Tug and pusher vessel18247 7152854
Salvage and rescue vessel4619 97600
Fishing vessel5 652377 02500
Trawler5979 31200
Fish factory24900
Hunting vessel61 90900
Fishery protection0000
Research vessel2843 552413 485
Dredger133 11500
Icebreaker248900
Lighthouse vessel41 68500
Crane ship1110 793119 760
Pilot ship491 96500
Inspection vessel/patrol ship887700
Work ship3 04511 16716 074
Other support vessel332 356222 170
Yacht9 91027 39100
Lifeboat2000
Submarine0000
Floating units72412 2074196 861
Training vessel527 10400
Landing craft0000
Unknown922 82700
Explanation of symbols

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.

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.

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.

Name: The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

Topic: Transport and tourism

Not yet determined

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

By home port of vessel.

Year

Not relevant

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

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.

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.

Not relevant

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.

The Statistics Act $2-2 and 3-2

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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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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