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  • The Sunnmøre region has been home to generations of fishermen. Rich fish stocks, generations of seamanship and entrepreneurial spirit contributed to the growth of the purse seine fleet in Fosnavåg in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1960 to 1980, the fishing industry in Norway went through drastic changes, going from a fleet of small seiners, to today’s fish processing vessels. During this period Fosnavåg became the “capital” of the Norwegian fishing industry.

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    The Sunnmøre region has been home to generations of fishermen. Rich fish stocks, generations of seamanship and entrepreneurial spirit contributed to the growth of the purse seine fleet in Fosnavåg in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1960 to 1980, the fishing industry in Norway went through drastic changes, going from a fleet of small seiners, to today’s fish processing vessels. During this period Fosnavåg became the “capital” of the Norwegian fishing industry.
  • The harbour at Fosnavåg: The small west coast village of Fosnavåg became a stronghold for the Norwegian fisheries in the post-war years. Today it is a world leader in the offshore industry.

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    The harbour at Fosnavåg: The small west coast village of  Fosnavåg became a stronghold for the Norwegian fisheries in the post-war years. Today it is a world leader in the offshore industry.
  • Kvalsvik mountain: A place for boys to dream. The herring fields west of Runde in the 1950.

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    Kvalsvik mountain: A place for boys to dream. The herring fields west of Runde in the 1950.
  • Per Sævik (top right) onboard his father’s fishing boat, MK Knutson. At 23, Per became skipper on board his father’s boat. He continued as a skipper, eventually on his own fishing vessel, until 1979. Two years later he would lay the foundations for today’s Havila Shipping.

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    Per Sævik (top right) onboard his father’s fishing boat, MK Knutson. At 23, Per became skipper on board his father’s boat. He continued as a skipper, eventually on his own fishing vessel, until 1979. Two years later he would lay the foundations for today’s Havila Shipping.
  • The family’s fishing vessel “Knutson”s last trip: hauled back to shore after a close call.

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    The family’s fishing vessel “Knutson”s last trip: hauled back to shore after a close call.
  • The new ship “Artus” was the first top modern fishing vessel the family owned, designed and built to their specifications. Per Sævik is skipper, and co owner.

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    The new ship “Artus” was the first top modern fishing vessel the family owned, designed and built to their specifications. Per Sævik is skipper, and co owner.
  • In 1981, Per Sævik founded Sævik Supply. Northern Commander was the first vessel of a fleet which would by 1996 become the second largest supply fleet in Norway. Times were tough throughout the 1980s, and many other supply companies folded before times improved in the 1990s. In 1997, the American conglomerate Trico Marine bought Sævik supply for NOK 2 300 000 000. A “remarkably good price” according to the papers.

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    In 1981, Per Sævik founded Sævik Supply. Northern Commander was the first vessel of a fleet which would by 1996 become the second largest supply fleet in Norway. Times were tough throughout the 1980s, and many other supply companies folded before times improved in the 1990s. In 1997, the American conglomerate Trico Marine bought Sævik supply for NOK 2 300 000 000. A “remarkably good price” according to the papers.
  • The contract between Sævik Supply and Christian Sveaas for the sale of the Viking Supply fleet of 12 offshore vessels for NOK 980 million, October 1996. From that moment on the Sævik family ship owning company became the second largest offshore company in Norway. 364 days later the company was sold for more than NOK 2 billion kroner.

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    The contract between Sævik Supply and Christian Sveaas for the sale of the Viking Supply fleet of 12 offshore vessels for NOK 980 million, October 1996. From that moment on the Sævik family ship owning company became the second largest offshore company in Norway. 364 days later the company was sold for more than NOK 2 billion kroner.
  • Njål Sævik became CEO of the family’s second offshore company, at the age of 29. Havila Supply ASA was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1998 with 19 ships. The company was sold in 2003. Again, the shareholders made a considerable profit.

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    Njål Sævik became CEO of the family’s second offshore company, at the age of 29. Havila Supply ASA was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1998 with 19 ships. The company was sold in 2003. Again, the shareholders made a considerable profit.
  • Past and future meet in the North Sea: Havila Shipping’s AHST “Havila Mars” and Bourbon Offshore Norway’s “Bourbon Surf”. It was the giant French ship owning company Bourbon that in 2003 acquired Havila Supply ASA, which made the Sævik family begin all over again with the Havila Shipping ASA of today.

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    Past and future meet in the North Sea: Havila Shipping’s AHST “Havila Mars” and Bourbon Offshore Norway’s “Bourbon Surf”. It was the giant French ship owning company Bourbon that in 2003 acquired Havila Supply ASA, which made the Sævik family begin all over again with the Havila Shipping ASA of today.
  • Havila Shipping ASA operates a fleet of 27 of the world’s most modern offshore vessels. With offices in Fosnavåg, Brazil and Asia, Havila Shipping has a global presence. It is still headquartered in Fosnavåg.

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    Havila Shipping ASA operates a fleet of 27 of the world’s most modern offshore vessels. With offices in Fosnavåg, Brazil and Asia, Havila Shipping has a global presence. It is still headquartered in Fosnavåg.
  • The boy with the dream became the man with new dreams.

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    The boy with the dream became the man with new dreams.