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The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

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Key figures

1 400

ships in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet in the end of 2017

The merchant fleet
2017Per Cent Change
2016 - 20172012 - 2017
All
Vessels1 400-0.10.6
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)16 416 9480.14.6
NOR - Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register
Vessels880-0.2-2.8
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)1 952 990-1.5-6.8
NIS - Norwegian International Ship Register
Vessels5200.06.8
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)14 463 9580.36.3

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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.
20141 36915 164 79938410 174 4511002 986 9418852 003 407
20151 37315 657 58139810 578 817983 074 9848772 003 780
201631 40216 404 59242711 479 223932 943 1248821 982 245
20171 40016 416 94842111 469 568992 994 3908801 952 990

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

Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel12
2017
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 tanker15160 48800472 866 15717600 414
Chemical tankers22 38800571 100 34927530 207
Gas tanker23 34200281 098 924191 244 038
Floating production/storage vessel00000000
Tank barge00000000
Foodstuff tanker2630000000
Other tanker1803000000
Bulk vessel2126 61100762 219 272138 889
Combination vessel23 894007426 44700
Sand/rock dumping vessel00000000
Fish carrier/Well boat83119 23521 88513 58231 455
General cargo vessel170123 204425 19446613 062513 282
Container carrier24 9450017478 57000
Dry cargo barge00000000
Ro-Ro freight45 7320010623 87800
Frozen/refrigerated vessel11 21800832 720517 403
Vehicle carrier0000241 522 8865306 270
Combined general cargo carrier00000000
Barge carrier00000000
Other dry cargo vessels00000000
Passenger ships147172 65217 344116 15100
Car Ferry235441 681000000
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier13109 29900211 78200
Cruise ship0000004191 368
Other passenger vessels2691 1320012 19100
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels120535 9041775 01991422 9541351 064
Offshore service vessels932 24818 143530 64300
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 ship00000000
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
2017
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.16724 51400113500
200 - 299 gt.8220 004000000
300 - 399 gt.4314 978000000
400 - 499 gt.5726 6191476149831 455
500 - 999 gt.12997 9350018251549
1 000 - 1 499 gt.7593 06211 40978 93522 600
1 500 - 1 999 gt.5187 2730046 88711 859
2 000 - 2 499 gt.3579 21012 2982456 01012 285
2 500 - 2 999 gt.40112 588002876 10125 585
3 000 - 3 999 gt.52184 864828 34139134 3311658 864
4 000 - 4 999 gt.53238 824418 94223103 604523 477
5 000 - 5 999 gt.20108 190210 872632 97500
6 000 - 6 999 gt.16104 654531 8261275 13100
7 000 - 7 999 gt.1290 417215 27815111 55217 883
8 000 - 8 999 gt.649 25918 143217 525326 487
9 000 - 9 999 gt.218 75200329 87200
10 000 - 10 999 gt.0000331 423221 384
11 000 - 11 999 gt.667 7240010119 113333 911
12 000 - 12 999 gt.0000674 381112 162
13 000 - 13 999 gt.0000455 57200
14 000 - 14 999 gt.000000114 332
15 000 - 19 999 gt.351 593008139 6746105 524
20 000 - 24 999 gt.000011253 5558179 828
25 000 - 29 999 gt.000026727 090387 187
30 000 - 34 999 gt.134 23100611 960 3145157 906
35 000 - 39 999 gt.136 82200401 474 814138 889
40 000 - 44 999 gt.00009380 0907298 090
45 000 - 49 999 gt.00007329 97913623 496
50 000 - 59 999 gt.000014790 31800
60 000 - 69 999 gt.0000271 782 301168 392
70 000 - 79 999 gt.4293 892009676 9534302 684
80 000 - 89 999 gt.000010822 3172169 587
90 000 - 99 999 gt.00005457 8522192 306
100 000 - 149 999 gt.00001111 1095557 668
150 000 - 199 999 gt.00004628 33200
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
2017
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- years117285 2801352 459753 143 19420693 927
5-9 years131499 467639 1701143 024 62024923 110
10-14 years76331 443318 7161093 031 22121645 795
15-19 years79288 35426 764541 467 86315448 423
20-24 years42119 951147633579 4806110 701
25-29 years3663 192001137 170877 212
30 years and over374247 7180025186 020595 222
Unknown age00000000

Table 5 
Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port

Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port
2017
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)
Åkrehamn44 637000000
Ålesund69149 920628 41524103 715513 582
Arendal321 23800279 683438 649
Askerøy00000000
Bergen133187 73334 1831905 353 64030653 555
Bodø2416 008000000
Brønnøysund1215 574000000
Brevik00000000
Drøbak2761000000
Drammen44 701000000
Egersund00007242 742130 945
Farsund00000000
Flekkefjord41 1530024 62200
Florø4989 5160022 88800
Fosnavåg28117 10818 1431155 340727 716
Fredrikstad2443000000
Grimstad29 1600016559 985142 835
Halden2388000000
Hammerfest3521 07429 64013 6503286 087
Hamar1261000000
Harstad2316 429000000
Holmestrand1534000000
Haugesund37134 8890032718 031130 945
Horten836 811000000
Hvitsten00000000
Hamnvik00000000
Kopervik52 8040024 51900
Kirkenes00000000
Kragerø31 300000000
Kristiansand S10114 065001262 54323 159
Kristiansund N2313 563000000
Langesund00000000
Levanger00000000
Lillesand0000252 37800
Longyearbyen0014 32422 663142 996
Lyngør00000000
Larvik000000142 835
Melbu00000000
Mandal12 725631 9580000
Mo00000000
Molde2948 8400000120 043
Måløy710 8330012 38000
Moss15 505000000
Mosjøen00000000
Myre26 221000000
Namsos1811 480000000
Narvik1826 0030000142 893
Odda2498000000
Oslo28157 77700532 824 478261 256 663
Porsgrunn00000000
Risør00000000
Rørvik1117 173000000
Sandnes520 2790013 078115 016
Sarpsborg1133000000
Sandefjord329 34027 030003240 006
Sigerfjord00000000
Skudeneshavn1467 561212 9121259 90913 739
Skien42 473000000
Sortland68 8920011 32400
Sandnessjøen3034 157000000
Steinkjer00000000
Stokmarknes42 695000000
Stavanger68169 27913 636341 013 562341 977
Svolvær32 078000000
Tønsberg3617004268 5602143 346
Trondheim6167 52000410 60100
Tromsø51183 10617 344639 277517 403
Tvedestrand00000000
Vardø1150000000
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
2017
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Oil tanker251 34800
Chemical tankers0000
Gas tanker0000
Floating production/storage vessel2156 57000
Tank barge21 24000
Foodstuff tanker0000
Other tanker517000
Bulk vessel13300
Combination vessel0000
Sand/rock dumping vessel0000
Fish carrier/Well boat1632000
General cargo vessel1818 92100
Container carrier1000
Dry cargo barge294320 39300
Ro-Ro freight0000
Frozen/refrigerated vessel0000
Vehicle carrier0000
Combined general cargo carrier15000
Barge carrier0000
Other dry cargo vessels28600
Passenger ships72920 08300
Car Ferry251 84400
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier0000
Cruise ship0000
Other passenger vessels2274400
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels0000
Offshore service vessels0000
Drill units6202 89900
Offshore survey/seismographic research22 75321155 386
Cable vessel311 014331 873
Pipe layer0000
Andre offshoreskip0000
Tug and pusher vessel19146 31733 255
Salvage and rescue vessel4119 01700
Fishing vessel6 049355 73300
Trawler6066 20400
Fish factory34900
Hunting vessel51 45800
Fishery protection0000
Research vessel2741 38039 222
Dredger154 11500
Icebreaker248900
Lighthouse vessel92 81300
Crane ship1318 6233103 139
Pilot ship522 29200
Inspection vessel/patrol ship201 38716 074
Work ship2 50298 99436346 648
Other support vessel422 384114 161
Yacht8 48138 87000
Lifeboat3000
Submarine0000
Floating units73257 913289 007
Training vessel497 91400
Landing craft0000
Unknown825 31100

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

Next release

Responsible division

Transport, tourism and ICT 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.

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

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