The tender for the future coastal agreement

This page provides updated information about the public purchasing process and other relevant documentation related to the competition for future procurement of transport services for the coastal route.


The Ministry of Transport and Communications have announced the tender for the future coastal agreement. The agreement will commence within a few years, when the current agreement with Hurtigruten AS expires. The tender documents were published 19 September 2017.

The Norwegian authorities' objective is to ensure a sufficient and consistent transport service for passengers between Bergen and Kirkenes and transport of cargo between Tromsø and Kirkenes. The transport service will be carried out with year-round and daily departures with continous sailings to the 34 ports of call, as is the case today.

The tender is split into three packages – one package with three routes and two packages with four routes. Each route will be carried out year-round with continous sailings northbound and southbound between Bergen and Kirkenes. The 34 ports of call will be serviced daily. The contract duration is 10 years with an option of one year extention.

The tender also includes environmental requirements to ensure a reduction in the CO2 emissions from the ships that operate the service. In addition, the ships must be adapted for shore power and use shore power where this is available, and heavy oil is prohibited on the entire stretch.

The bid deadline is 3 January 2018. The Ministry aims to enter into the contract(s) within the end of March 2018.   


The Ministry of transport and communications
Pb 8010 Dep
0030 Oslo





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