As the Nor-Shipping week kicked of on Monday 3 June, I received an invitation for the naming ceremony of Island Crown, which is the latest addition to Island Offshore´s excellent fleet of specialized offshore vessels. The vessel was moored outside Oslo´s newest hotspot, the Astrup Fearnley museum at Tjuvholmen (for this week renamed Nor-Shipping Island), and a large group of industry excecutives, owners, politicians and invited guests were enjoying the great weather and a tour onboard.
Godmother for the ship was the Norwegian adventurer & mountain climber Cecilie Skog, dressed up for the occasion in her national costume.
After the naming ceremony, next happening on the agenda was the Lord Mayor´s formal Reception in the Oslo City Hall (Rådhuset). I got the chance to discuss some further cooperation potentials with Sturla Henriksen, the MD of the Norwegian Shipowners´ Association. They´re YoungShip´s strongest supporter, and we have seen some great results from the cooperation 2 years into the joint agreement.
Fabian Stang lead the group of guests down to the City Hall Square, where our project Ocean Talent Camp fills the entire square for the week (3-7 June). Walter Kvam of Kongsberg Group, and my client, Nor-Shipping Director Vidar Pederstad held inspirational speeches referring to the key importance of securing talents & competence for our industry and our country´s ability to support further growth and competitiveness.