About us

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is the administrative and supervisory authority in matters related to safety of life, health, material values and the environment on vessels flying the Norwegian flag and foreign ships in Norwegian waters. The NMA is also responsible for ensuring the legal protection of Norwegian-registered ships and registered rights in those ships. The NMA is subordinate to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. Our activities are governed by national and international legislation, agreements and political decisions.

The NMA's functions


The NMA has a duty to provide guidance to our customers. The NMA advises the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Climate and Environment and other government agencies. The guidance should be clear, consistent and based on professional expertise and integrity.

Driving force

The NMA will be a driving force for the industry and political authorities in the safety and environmental activities. In addition, the NMA will encourage the maintenance and development of a strong Norwegian flag.

The NMA will be a visible and clear participant in the national and international regulatory work. Attitudinal measures are also central to our work. Research, innovation, risk assessments and lessons learned from accidents should form the basis for our priorities. 

Supervisory authority

The NMA has been delegated supervisory authority pursuant to the Ship Safety and Security Act, the Product Control Act and the Act relating to Recreational and Small Craft. The supervision includes certification, document control, inspection and auditing to ensure compliance with the legislation. The supervision contributes to the creation of strong behavioural attitudes with regard to health, safety and the environment.


The NMA has been delegated authority pursuant to the Norwegian Maritime Code to manage the function of real property register. Registration ensures the legal protection of registered rights and is maintained by correct and updated registers.

Overall objective: The preferred maritime administration

Olav Akselsen, Director General of Shipping and NavigationMaritime administrations are important and central actors for maintaining and facilitating the development of the maritime industry. The NMA shall be the preferred maritime administration.

This means that the NMA should offer competitive services so that the industry chooses the Norwegian flag. We should be recognised for our competence in the maritime cluster. Ministries to which the NMA is subordinate and other government agencies should seek and listen to our advice. The Norwegian voice shall be heard in international forums. We will have a good cooperation with both research and training institutions, yards, equipment manufacturers and designers. Furthermore, the NMA shall facilitate a good tripartite cooperation with the shipowners' organisations and the employees' organisations.

The NMAs Director General of Shipping and Navigation is Mr Olav Akselsen (pictured).


Norwegian Maritime Authority - a short presentation

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