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 is in the process of preparing the tender documents for the future coastal agreement that is scheduled to commence in 2020 or 2021, when the current agreement with Hurtigruten AS expires. One of the main objectives of the agreement is to provide a sufficient and consistent transport service for passengers on the coast of Norway all year and with daily departures between Bergen and Kirkenes, as is the case today. The purchase will also include transport of cargo along the coast from Tromsø to Kirkenes. 

The paramount plan for the purchase will be presented to the Parliament (Stortinget) in a new National Transport Plan. The Ministry plans to announce the tender competition after the Parliament (Stortinget) has agreed to the National Transport Plan, approximately in the middle of 2017. The goal is to sign an agreement with a new supplier with the intention to give the supplier sufficient time to implement the contract operations by 2020 or more likely 2021.   

The Ministry encourages input on the tender from potential suppliers.


The Ministry of transport and communications
Pb 8010 Dep
0030 Oslo