This includes promoting the industry outside Norway and fostering cooperation among its several hundred members, national authorities and employee organizations such as the maritime division of the Federation of Norwegian Manufacturing Industries. The forum’s vision is that “Norway will be the world’s leading maritime nation in the 21st century, delivering advanced, innovative products and services with a high degree of competence”.
One priority is to strengthen contacts within Norway’s maritime cluster so that all stakeholders – from shipowners to equipment suppliers – gain from the synergies available in terms of enhanced competitiveness and added value. To this end, the forum is collaborating with the Norwegian School of Management (BI)’s Centre for Maritime Activities on the “Global Maritime Research” project, which aims to compare Norway’s maritime cluster with other maritime centres around the world and identify concrete ways in which Norway can further capitalize on its leading knowledge base.
With over 100,000 people employed in the maritime sector, the forum’s role is also to promote its positive image among the Norwegian public and encourage young people, especially in coastal districts, to pursue careers in the industry’s various branches on and offshore. It is they who will ensure Norway’s status as a leading maritime nation and the forum is committed to improving the quality and quantity of education available. The forum is, meanwhile, making a strong case to politicians to take into account the importance of the sector for the national economy and put into place an advantageous competitive framework – long-term supportive policies and operating conditions that will ensure stability and profitability – on a par with competing nations. They are also actively campaigning for the introduction of a tonnage tax in harmony with that introduced in European Union member states, which will make it more attractive for Norwegian shipowners to keep their fleets in Norway.
The forum manages the Norwegian Shortsea Promotion Center and sponsors international marketing delegations and R&D projects, along with regular conferences and topical forums, around the country. It also collaborates closely with the European Maritime Industries Forum (EMIF) to broaden ties and strengthen the international competitive advantage of the entire European maritime industry, as well as keeping abreast of European rules and regulations that affect industry players at home.
Chairman: Jon Lund
Managing Director: Rikke Lind