Norwegian Shipowners' Association

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Formation15 September 1909
HeadquartersRådhusgaten 25, Oslo, Norway
LeaderNorwegian Shipowners' Association/President
Member ofEuropean Policy Centre
Sponsor ofCivita
Membership• Hans Otto Meyer
• Nils Astrup
• Eivinn Berg
• Finn Bergesen
• Leif O. Höegh
• Leif Höegh
• Westye Höegh
• Niels Werring
• Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen
• Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen Jr.
• Per Ditlev-Simonsen
• Otto Grieg Tidemand
• Christian Michelsen
• John Fredriksen
• Sturla Henriksen
• Marianne Lie
• Anders Jahre
• Hilmar Reksten

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (Norwegian: Norges Rederiforbund) is an employers' organization and interest group for Norwegian shipping and offshore companies, where Norway is a significant player. The Norwegian Shipowners' Association has approximately 160 members, who are among the most influential persons in the country behind the scene.


The organization was founded on 15 September 1909, under the name The Norwegian Shipowner Association, and changed to its current name in 1984. The Association's first president was Christian Michelsen, independent Norway's first prime minister and shipowner.

Norway has long played an important role in international shipping industry. Through their interest in world trade, the shipowners developed close ties, both economic and ideological, to the business center of London, and later to the US.

The organization played an important role in the negotiation of shipping contracts with the United Kingdom in World War and World War II and several of the association's members were driving force in the organization of the Nortraship, the management company for the Norwegian merchant fleet outside German control when the country was occupied.

Some shipowners collaborated with the German authorities, but most chose the British side.

After WW2, the association has closely identified with free trade and UK/US interests.

The Association played a vital role in supplying Apartheid South Africa with oil in the 1980s, despite protests from the Norwegian government.[citation needed]

Deep state connections

Full article: Norwegian deep state
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  • Approximately half of the Norwegian Bilderberg guests since the founding of the conference in 1954 have been members of this exclusive association.
  • The association members have given heavy financial support pro-Atlanticist (pro-NATO) parties, politicians and movements. They have ownership interests in several media, and have started their own press outlets ( when the MSM were not sufficiently eager.

Operation Gladio

Full article: Operation Gladio

The Norwegian stay behind network (Gladio) was originally set up as an informal network by some shipowners and their business associates in 1946, to monitor political opponents and prepare armed actions. The network was later reportedly merged with government efforts.[citation needed] During a police raid in 1978, a large cache of weapons and explosives, part of the Stay Behind network, was found in a secret basement under the house of shipowner Hans Otto Meyer.[1]


Q: It is strange to think that shipowners ruled this country at the turn of the century.

Fredriksen: "By the end of the century shipowners will again rule the country, of that I am convinced. You just wait and see.

Shipowner John Fredriksen, 1990 (fortune US$4 billion) [2]


Employee on Wikispooks

Thomas OlsenBoard Member19311959Also secret leader of the militia Samfundsvernet


Known members

13 of the 18 of the members already have pages here:

Nils AstrupNorwegian shipowner who headed the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Close friend of the Norwegian royal family.
Eivinn BergPossible deep state operative, attended the 1985 Bilderberg as Permanent Representative of Norway to NATO. Died in a car crash
Finn BergesenNorwegian deep state connected businessman
Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen
Per Ditlev-SimonsenMayor of Oslo who resigned after revelations about his Swiss bank account.
Leif HöeghBilderberg Steering committee, as was his son
Leif Ø. HøeghThird generation Bilderberg member
Westye HøeghPresident of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Bilderberg Steering committee
Anders Jahre
Hans Otto MeyerSpooky Norwegian businessman and ship owner whose house was found to have a secret Gladio arms cache in 1978.
Christian Michelsen
Otto TidemandNorwegian Shipowners' Association, Bilderberg Steering committee, ...
Niels Werring14 times Bilderberger Norwegian ship owner
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  2. Niels Chr.Geelmuyden; Rikes Tilstand p212