NORWAY, home for a tiny 0,1% of the world’s population, controls over 5% of the world’s merchant fleet and has the second largest offshore fleet in the world, after USA!
A WORLD-LEADING MARITIME CLUSTER
Most of Norway’s strength in the field of advanced marine operations is concentrated within an hour’s drive from the picturesque town of Ålesund on the country’s west coast. The region is home for an impressive constellation of over 220 leading maritime companies and training, research and finance institutions that form one of very few complete maritime clusters in the world.
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CENTRE FOR NORWAY'S MARITIME EXPERTISE
Due to its leading position and its strong global presence, the cluster was awarded the prestigious status as Global Centre of Expertise – Blue Maritime by the Norwegian government. Over 75% of the world’s large, hi-tech offshore vessels are designed there. 40% of the world’s most advanced offshore fleet is controlled by the region’s ship-owners.
GLOBAL PRESENCE - GLOBAL ATTRACTION
The cluster operates globally and its companies and products are known world-wide. While most of the companies of the cluster are home-bread, an increasing number of major international players, such as Rolls-Royce Marine, Inmarsat, V.Ships, VARD or Bourbon, are seeking their place in the cluster.
A WINNING MIX
The reason? – the cluster’s winning mix of high pace of innovation, prototype orientation, competition, informal communication, cooperation, and unique know-how within the field of advanced marine operations for the global offshore industry.
Read more about the maritime cluster of Møre and Norwegian Centre of Expertise - Maritime in NCE Maritime's Activity Report for 2009.