Kleven Verft files for bankruptcy

Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven Verft has filed for bankruptcy after a refinancing plan fell through.

The offshore vessel specialist had latterly moved into the cruise business. It is owned by Croatia’s DIV Group, which also controls another European yard, Brodosplit. 

Subsidiaries Kleven Maritime Contracting and Kleven Maritime Technology are also included in the bankruptcy filing. 

The Kleven shipbuilding brand dates back to the 1930s. 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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