Written by: Thomas Myhre

Published: October 23, 2023, 11:02 | Last modified: October 23, 2023, 12:27

Header photo: The crane ship giant “Thialf” sailing into Nesna. Photo: Sandnes Media

A key player in the significant upgrade project for the Norne vessel

Harstad, August 30, 2023 – Polarkonsult, a Harstad-based consulting firm specializing in innovative ship design and maritime engineering services, is proud to announce its significant role in the extensive upgrade project for the Norne vessel, in collaboration with Equinor and Aibel Harstad.

An important milestone within the maritime industry:

The recent installation of a new, state-of-the-art crane on the Norne vessel marks an important milestone in the project. The crane, weighing 140 tons, was transported by one of the world’s largest lifting vessels, “Thialf,” and represents a vital part of the vessel’s extended life program. This program is intended to prolong the Norne vessel’s operations until at least 2030, through a series of sub-projects involving the replacement of equipment that has reached the end of its lifespan.

«This mission is a game-changer, not just for Polarkonsult, but also for the maritime industry in Northern Norway,» says Thomas Myhre, CEO of Polarkonsult. «Our participation in this project underscores the company’s expertise and capacity to handle large, complex tasks, and we are honored to work side by side with players like Equinor and Aibel.»

Photo of the Norne crane
Photo: Sandnes Media

Polarkonsult’s involvement in this project is a testament to Equinor’s commitment to promoting local growth and development. We are proud to be able to contribute to creating long-lasting jobs and stimulating the economy in Northern Norway – says Thomas Myhre

Sustainable and innovative future:

The mission, valued at over 100 MNOK, has already led to the creation of 15 new engineering positions in Harstad and represents a significant Northern Norwegian footprint. Polarkonsult alone expects to strengthen its staff with two structural engineers initially, with prospects for further recruitment in the coming year.

With a history marked by significant industrial insight and technical expertise, Polarkonsult continues to set the standard for maritime engineering services and ship design in Northern Norway. Through partnerships with industry leaders like Equinor and Aibel, and with an ever-growing portfolio of groundbreaking projects, Polarkonsult solidifies its position at the forefront of the maritime sector, leading the way for a sustainable, innovative future.

Photo of the Norne ship during night-time.
Photo: Gudmund Nymoen

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