Article | Last updated: 2016-12-16 | Ministry of Transport and Communications
This page provides information about the current Coastal Agreement.
The objective of the public procurement of transport services along the Norwegian coast is to ensure regular transport for passengers that travel locally, regionally and between the ports of call. These passengers encompass those that purchase tickets to travel from between ports on the coastal route (so-called long distance travellers), not roundtrip tickets. The agreement also entails cargo capacity for regions north of Tromsø.
Hurtigruten AS is the current provider of daily, year-round and consistent traffic between Bergen and Kirkenes with 34 ports of call on northbound and 33 ports of call on southbound sailings. The state has set minimum capacity requirements of 320 passengers, 120 berths and cargo for 150 Euro-pallets. The current agreement entered into force on 1.1.2012 and expires on 31.12.2019, with an optional 1-year extension.