From Fish to Ferraris
When it comes to getting goods where they need to go, our ships and service to coastal communities are a vital link in the chain.
From the inception of The Coastal Express till now, our mission has always been to connect villages, towns, and cities along the Norwegian coastline. For decades, we’ve transported the post, passengers, and freight that have helped families and businesses here not just survive but thrive.
Through the cargo we deliver, our ships are at the heart of important commercial and cultural exchanges. We carry the bountiful catches of fish from northern Norway to southern Norway. From there, high quality Norwegian seafood is exported and enjoyed throughout the rest of Europe and the world.
When our ships return to the remote coastal communities of northern Norway, they come bearing new and exciting goods from all corners of Europe and beyond, be it exotic fruit or fancy cars.
Being able to send their fish to customers around the globe provides a key livelihood for many on the coast. In turn, this international trade adds wealth to these otherwise isolated regions, doing a world of good for other industries there.
Transporting seafood via our ships rather than by freezer trucks not only decreases the carbon footprint involved, but also means we’re able to avoid any delays caused by bad weather and closed roads.
But Norwegian exports aren’t limited just to fish. The likes of local cloudberries, blueberries, reindeer meat, authentic aquavits, and craft beer also find their way to markets in various countries through our cargo service.
As producers on the Norwegian coast continue to diversify and improve in quality, the list of sought-after items we’ll be helping to bring to the world will only get longer.
Our ships also frequently carry repair parts or upgrades for fishing boats, keeping the region’s fishing fleet well maintained to meet the challenges of the Norwegian Sea.
Research materials are likewise dispatched on our ships to the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research who are based in various places like Tromsø and Bergen. The data and samples we deliver help scientists better understand the health of our oceans.
The list of cargo we bring to the coast goes on and on, covering a wide range of goods. For Per Anders though, there’s one item that really stood out; a brand new Koenigsegg sports car worth 7 million Norwegian Kroner. “I was ok watching over the car on the ship, but my colleague’s pulse was pretty high when driving it aboard,” he chuckles.