During the 2015 edition of Singapore Maritime Week the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore, along with sponsors hosted the inaugural Norway Night.
Held at The Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel overlooking the waterfront, Norway’s social gathering for the maritime industry took centre stage. More than 200 senior executives from the global maritime community gathered to celebrate the maritime links between Singapore and Norway and strengthen this partnership for the future. Guests enjoyed Norwegian seafood and music as they mingled on the rooftop.
The guests included Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew and Norway’s Deputy Minister Dilek Ayhan.
Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Tormod C. Endresen, commented: “The Norwegian maritime industry is in a dynamic partnership with Singapore. Together we aim to strengthen our position as leading and technology driven global maritime nations.
“Maritime co-operation between Norway and Singapore has been at the core of our relationship throughout Singapore’s 50 years as an independent nation. But more importantly, Singapore and Norway are partnering for the future – as leading players in the ocean industries of tomorrow.
“This is our message at the inaugural Norway Night and we are pleased to see so many business leaders from both nations supporting this event.”
The idea for the event had been sparked by the success of the Singapore Night at Nor-Shipping.
The evening was sponsored by some of the leading Norwegian maritime sector businesses including DNB Bank, Thome Group, Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, DNV GL, BW Offshore the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian Business Association, Singapore.
The links between the two countries are deep and abiding and today Singapore is home to more than 250 Norwegian companies, many focused on maritime and offshore business.
The Singapore Maritime Week 2015, five days of events focused on shipping and maritime, attracted more than 30,000 people.
Text: Ellen Skarsgard / Royal Norwegian Embassy
Photos: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore