Little change in the number of ships, but increased tonnage
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The Norwegian Merchant Fleet consists of vessels for transport, with a gross tonnage of 100 tonnes or more, registered in NIS (Norwegian International Ship Register) and NOR (Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register).

The Norwegian Merchant Fleet2015



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Little change in the number of ships, but increased tonnage

The Norwegian Merchant Fleet has remained at about the same level for the past five years, and at the end of 2015 only a slight rise was in evidence. The number of vessels rose by 4, along with an increase in gross tonnage of 3.2 per cent.

The merchant fleet
2015Per Cent Change
2014 - 20152010 - 2015
Vessels1 3730.3-2.4
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)15 657 5813.2-0.3
NOR - Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)2 003 7800.04.5
NIS - Norwegian International Ship Register
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)13 653 8013.7-1.0

The Norwegian Merchant fleet had 1 373 vessels and a gross tonnage of 15.7 million at the end of the year.

A total of 877 ships and 2 million in gross tonnage were recorded in NOR at the end of 2015, which was a fall of 8 ships. The gross tonnage year-on-year remained stable.

The 496 ships and 13.7 million in gross tonnage recorded in NIS at the end of 2015 was an increase of 2.5 and 3.7 per cent respectively.

More dry bulk vessels in NIS

The number of tankers in NIS fell by 3 from last year, but the gross tonnage still rose by about 81 000.

At the end of 2015, the number of dry bulk vessels had increased by 10 year-on-year. The corresponding gross tonnage increased by 346 000.

Fewer offshore vessels in NOR

Most of the offshore vessels are found in NOR, which at the end of 2015 had 182 of this ship type with a gross tonnage of 827 000. There are 6 fewer vessels and gross tonnage decreased by 11 000 since last year.

NIS had 121 offshore vessels and a gross tonnage of 494 000 at the end of 2014, and thus 5 vessels and 28 000 tonnes more than a year ago.