Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, was impressed and charmed by employees in Norwegian national dress - the bunad - at the NMAs stand on opening day of Nor-Shipping 2015. So were the crowds, who asked for pictures with our crew on stand and happily accepted a carrierbag with the Norwegian flag to tote their stuff.

- The Norwegian Maritime Authority has done a great job at marketing the Administration, the flag and the Norwegian International Ship Register, Mæland (H) commented when visiting one of the Authority's stands at the entrance of Nor-Shipping. The Authority's other stand in mess hall C was constantly busy answering questions on specific regulatory issues and the consequences of the Governments newly unveiled maritime initiative for increasing NIS-tonnage.

- This is a concerted and visually appealing marketing effort for the Norwegian flag, commented the Minister before moving on to other parts of the event.

Nor-Shipping celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the NMA has been a regular attendee since 2007. In recent years with double stands for higher visibility.

- As one of the most important global maritime expos, we put a high priority on making our presence known at Nor-Shipping. Both to highlight our work and continued development as a maritime administration and to market NIS as a quality flag, says Director General of Shipping and Navigation, Olav Akselsen.

From the left: Ida Skard (NFD), Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, Dag Inge Aarhus, Olav Akselsen, Kari Stautland, Hans Petter Sandseth and Hedda Grip Vikse. Picture: Steinar Haugberg