Norwegian shipowners say they want to reflag home some of their ships as the government softens rules for its secondary ship register. From 1 January 2016 ships in the Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) will be allowed to go between Norwegian ports as part of a European route.
“Finally we are allowed to have Haugesund on the stern of the boat,” said Knut Wendelboe Aanensen, CEO of Hagland to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK on Friday. Hagland will flag home five vessels which are currently with the Malta and Bahamas flags.
Arriva Shipping will also reflag six ships, writes the financial daily E24 on its site.
The industry believes loosening up the rules is good news. The amendment could provide more trainee opportunities and jobs for Norwegian seamen, said Sverre Meling, CEO of Maritime Forum.
According to Dagens Næringsliv two Bergen owners – Misje Rederi and Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Ship Rederi – both have plans to flag ships back home as a result of the new rules.