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Ulsteinvik (Hareidlandet Island, Norway)

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Baltic - Norwegian Fjords - Russia

Local Time
2019-12-08 07:05

min: 28 °F (-3 °C) / max: 40 °F (5 °C) 32°F
Wind: 137°/ 5.1 m/s  Gust: 7 m/sWind: 137°/ 5.1 m/s  Gust: 7 m/sGentle breeze
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Min / Max Temperature40 °F / 5 °C
28 °F / -2 °C

Ulsteinvik is port town located on Hareidlandet Island (county More og Romsdal, Norway). The small town covers a total area of approx 4.3 km2 (1,6 ml2) and has population around 6,000. The port is located on the island's western coast, approx 23 km (14 ml) southwest of Alesund.

Port Ulsteinvik (Norway) cruise port

The port features a natural harbour and has two large shipbuilding yards - Ulstein Verft and Kleven Verft. Here are also based several other maritime-related companies, the largest among which is the global head office of Rolls-Royce Marine.

Kleven Verft shipyard

Kleven shipyard is located on Dimnoya Island . The shipbuilding yard is operated as a subsidiary of the Norwegian company Kleven Maritime. Kleven Werft was founded in 1939 as shipbuilding company, with its first complete built vessel launched in 1961. In 1980, the company acquired Loland Verft (Hyllestad) as a subsidiary (renamed Kleven Loland). In 1989 was added another subsidiary company - Kleven Floro.

shipyard Kleven Verft (Ulsteinvik)

In April 1990, the Kleven company merged with Kvaerner Group and was renamed "Kvaerner Kleven Ulsteinvik". On July 1, 1999, the shipyard was bought back by the Kleven brothers. In September 2017, due to financial difficulties, the cruise company Hurtigruten invested NOK 300 million (around USD 36,7 million) into the shipyard (at 40% interest) to secure shipbuilding orders.

Here were constructed the Hurtigruten cruise ships Finnmarken (2002), Nordnorge (1997) and Nordkapp (1996), as well as the new expedition ships Roald Amundsen (2018) and Fridtjof Nansen (2019).

  • In August 2017, Hurtigruten made an investment of NOK 300 million (USD 39 million) in Kleven Group for a 40% interest. In September 2017, Hurtigruten acquired 40% stocks in Kleven Verft after the shipyard experienced financial crisis. Along with Hurtigruten, Kleven Group (parent company for the shipyards Kleven and Myklebust) includes Age Remoy, the Kleven-owned companies John Kleven and H-Invest, the yacht building company Lurssen (Germany) and the private investor Per Lillebo. Without the newly infused capital, Kleven shipyard was facing bankruptcy.
  • In June 2018, Hurtigruten became full owner of the shipyard through buying the remaining 60% shares. Under the 2018 deal, Hurtigruten also fully owns the subsidiaries Kleven Maritime Contracting and Kleven Maritime Technology. Following the acquisition, Hurtigruten provided NOK 600 million (USD 75 million) financing in order to facilitate Kleven Verft's shipbuilding capabilities.

Today, Kleven shipyard builds supply vessels, as well as ferries, reefer ships (for refrigerated cargo) and tankers.

In 2019, the shipyard started a restructuring project, which also included creating a new company under the old Kleven name. While still planning to continue with the new ship building projects, the yard's short-term projects now are low-risk and focusing on vessel reconstructions (drydock refits and refurbishments) as well as regularly scheduled maintenance works. based on company's new strategy, its workforce was reduced from 224 to 140. Also, were reported financial losses (in 2015-2019) ~NOK 1 billion (~USD 112 M / ~EUR 100 M). In 2019, Kleven started negotiations with Hurtigruten to reconstruct several of its cruiseferries.

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