The history of The Norwegian Maritime Authority

  • Published: 21/02/2017

Below is a timeline describing the The Norwegian Maritime Authoritys history since it was established in 1903 until the present day.

1903

The Maritime Office is established

Established as the Maritime Office. Earlier the same year came Seaworthiness Act (not replaced until 2007).

First Director General Magnus Andersen. He also founded the "Norges Handels og Sjøfartstidende", now "Dagens Næringsliv".

1946

Merging of agencies

The Maritime Office and its own shipping department, three maritime offices, Offices of Navigation and the Engineering Officer being established in the Ministry of Commerce.

1955

Maritime Office switching department

Maritime Agency is subjected to the Department for Commerce and Shipping.

1962

The Norwegian Maritime Authority is born

The Norwegian Maritime Authority gathers the The Maritime Office, Office for Navigation and Engineering Officer and The Ship Measurement Office to one unit.

1989

Agency for Sailors is closed down

After the founding of NIS in 1987 it is decided to close down the Agency for Sailors.

1990

The Norwegian Maritime Authority acquires the Welfare Service for seafarers

After the termination of "the welfare" and the abolishment of the law on welfare services, The Norwegian Maritime Authority acquires responsibility for welfare service for seafarers.

1997

The Norwegian Maritime Authority switches department

The Norwegian Maritime Authority is subjected to The Trade and Industry Department.

2006

Reorganized and moved from Oslo to Haugesund

September 12, 2005, it was decided that the headquarters should be moved from Oslo to Haugesund. The Norwegian Maritime Authority is one of many state Control Authorityties which are moved from Oslo to various parts of Norway. 1 November 2006, the doors to the new office is opened in Smedasundet 50.

2012

The Norwegian Ship Registers are combined with The Norwegian Maritime Authority

On 1 January 2012 The Norwegian Ship Registers in Bergen is merged with The Norwegian Maritime Authority. The aim is to establish a unified maritime administration which is well suited to meet society's demands for safety, environment and service in the maritime sector.

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