Offshore construction and shipbuilding in Norway

BAHR

The offshore construction and shipbuilding practice at BAHR was bolstered by the arrival of Eirik Høiby from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS and shipping law expert Øystein Meland from Wikborg Rein in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Geir Gustavsson leads the shipping and offshore practice, and is well known for his expertise in handling international shipbuilding projects and contracts. Morten Smørdal heads up the offshore construction team, and advises on floating, production, storage and offloading contracts, as well as contractual matters involving the construction of ships and rigs. Jan Einar Barbo‘s practice focuses on contract law and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Geir Gustavsson; Morten Smørdal

Other key lawyers:

Eirik Høiby; Øystein Meland; Jan Einar Barbo

Testimonials

‘Provides very high quality legal services, very hands-on, has great availability with quick/easy access to broad range of expertise, and has excellent collaboration capacities.’

‘The people we work with have tremendous intellect and tenacity.’

‘What makes this firm different is their very deep bench of practitioners who are able to approach very complicated matters and turn documents around very quickly, efficiently and effectively. It is the nature and quality of the work they do and the performance and delivery of the same and always most pleasantly and collegiately. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘They are very professional and collegiate. The work is always energizing but there is also an exchange of intellect and friendship. This is very important in the very fast and complicated environment in which we have to function. They are respectful, friendly and highly intelligent which makes for a particularly good relationship.’

Key clients

Aker BP ASA

Northern Drilling Limited

Torghatten Nord AS

Moreld AS

MHWirth AS

Equinor AS

Akastor AS

Østensjø Rederi AS

Kvaerner ASA

Aker Solutions AS

Future Technology AS

Aker Oilfield Services AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to clients involved in offshore construction projects on renegotiating and amending contracts following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting Østensjø Rederi and Edda Wind with ordering six new-build Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) and Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) from the Spanish shipyards Astilleros Gondan and Astilleros Balenciaga.
  • Acting for offshore drilling company Future Production Holding in a dispute against Atle Korsmo and Hag Invest AS.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ team ‘has a unique knowledge of the offshore industry, and experience in the challenges the industry meets in their operations and in their contracts.’ Shipbuilding work continues to be a growing area of instruction for the group. Arbitrator and litigator Mikal Brøndmo is the main name for handling offshore construction and shipbuilding disputes, and is well versed in advising on contractual matters within the sectors. Practice head Christopher L. Sveen stands out for providing ‘unique strategic advice‘ to a client roster of oil and gas companies, and Bård Sandstad regularly assists oil and gas, shipping and offshore clients with M&A mandates. At senior associate level, Martine Linge Johnsen is active in offshore contractual and regulatory work, while Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland and Sarah-Ann Kvam focus on shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts.

Practice head(s):

Christopher L. Sveen

Other key lawyers:

Mikal Brøndmo; Bård Sandstad; Martine Linge Johnsen; Silje Helene Bakkevig Dagsland; Sarah-Ann Kvam

Testimonials

‘The team delivers on time and they also have a solid understanding of the commercial aspects of contracts, which enables us to negotiate better terms with our counterparties.’

‘Haavind has unique and thorough experience in the offshore maritime (energy) sector, both construction and regulatory matters.’

‘Mikal Brøndmo and his team deliver quick responses, provide in depth legal analysis in a simple, to-the-point manner, and are also pragmatic and cost aware. The communication is always very pleasant.’

‘The team is always up to date and informed about difficult subjects in offshore construction contracts and their advice is accurate and clear.’

‘Mikal Brøndmo is our connection within the firm and he is always fast, reachable, professional and very approachable.’

They are very professional and solution-oriented.’

‘Christopher Sveen has great understanding both of our business model and our industry. He provides insightful advice. You can trust that he always takes the work seriously, and his advice is based on good legal work.’

‘Christopher Sveen and Bård Sandstad stands out as they are heavily involved in several public/industrial activities and initiatives on a national level and have backgrounds from the industry, which gives them technical and business insight like few other competitors.’

Key clients

Aker Solutions

Barents Naturgass AS

Broadview Energy Solutions B.V.

Helgeland V&M

Heerema Fabrication Group B.V.

Heerema Marine Contractors

Hurtigruten

Noble Installation

Norsk Industri (The Federation of Norwegian Industries), Oil & Gas

Marine Aluminium

Miros

Nova Sea

Pronav

TechnipFMC

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Advised TechnipFMC on its acquisition of Island Offshore Management AS’ 49% stake in TIOS AS, a former joint venture between the two companies.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Nova Sea AS regarding the development and construction of the Spidercage concept, a floating fish farming facility for harsh environmental offshore conditions.
  • Advising Norsk Industri on the development and implementation of new standard contracts for deliveries to the Norwegian Continental Shelf, among other initiatives.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Jointly led by Nicolai Myren and Norman Hansen Meyer, the practice at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is well known for its specific focus on, and expertise in, the full range of offshore construction and shipbuilding matters. Myren is well versed in advising oil and gas companies on contractual work, transactional mandates and disputes, and Meyer assists shipowners and shipyards with newbuild projects and litigation, while Christian Steen Eriksen is very experienced in arbitration and litigation proceedings. At senior associate level, Cecilie Hjorth and Andreas Kyllingstad are names to note. In 2020, Odd-Arne Kleveland and Gro Løge left to take up in-house positions, and Eirik Høiby moved to BAHR.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Myren; Norman Hansen Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Christian Steen Eriksen; Cecilie Hjorth; Andreas Kyllingstad

Testimonials

‘My experience with Selmer’s offshore construction and shipbuilding team is very positive. They have managed to solve very complex and critical matters with short deadlines. Their team is very competent and provided pragmatic solutions. They communicate well and have a very good understanding of their client’s business. They are proactive and service minded.’

‘Their knowledge about the industry combined with excellent legal expertise makes the communication swift and professional – and the process to understanding of our legal position and suggested way forward clear.’

‘Nicolai Myren: in depth legal coverage combined with industry knowledge and strong commercial understanding.’

‘High efficiency. Excellent understanding of the legal issues combined with a commercial insight. Availability. Transparent and fair billing.’

‘Norman Meyer: High efficiency.’

Key clients

Deep C Solutions

Tersan Shipyard

Altera Infrastructure (former Teekay Offshore)

SCF Geo

Green Yard Kleven shipyard (former Kleven Verft)

Westcon Group

Acta Marine

Reach Subsea

Havfram (former Ocean Installer)

COSL

Halliburton

Swire Energy Services

Fjord1

Sevnor Limited

Brønnbåt Nord

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Operating out of the firm’s multiple offices, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s offshore department has established expertise in handling offshore construction contracts and high-profile shipbuilding projects. In Stavanger, Gunnar Espeland advises oil companies and contractors on prominent offshore construction projects. Oslo-based Erlend Lous has longstanding expertise in shipping and offshore transactions, financings, M&A and restructuring work; and shipping expert Jan Vablum in Bergen is very experienced in dispute resolution. Lars Inge Ørstavik, also based in Bergen, advises ship owners, shipyards and supplier companies on a range of contractual matters, and Oslo-based Yannis Litinas is noted for his expertise in assisting with shipbuilding and construction contracts, including contracts for specialised vessels.

Practice head(s):

Erlend Lous; Jan Vablum; Kenneth Mikkelsen; Gunnar Espeland

Other key lawyers:

Lars Inge Ørstavik; Yannis Litinas

Key clients

Seatankers Management Company Limited

Offshore Merchant Partners

DVB Bank SE

Endur ASA and its subsidiaries

Westcon Yards AS

ABN AMRO Bank N.V., DNB Bank ASA, NIBC Bank N.V.

Nordea Bank AB

Yinson Production

Fjord 1 AS

Volstad Maritime AS

Fosen Yard AS

Oma Baatbyggeri AS

Marinacc AS.

Songa/Blystad group

WLR/TRF

Maersk Supply Services

GC Rieber Shipping AS

G2 Ocean AS

Wergeland Group AS (including Solund Yard)

Yara Norge AS

Eidsvaag AS

Grieg Logistics

Kleven Yard

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Yara Norge AS regarding its  autonomous cargo solution system project, including the construction of the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous zero emission vessel.
  • Assisting Fosen Yards with the ongoing completion of a RoPax vessel at its yard in Norway.
  • Advising Westcon Yards on a shipbuilding contract entered into with Rimfrost AS concerning the building of a krill factory trawler vessel.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ offshore construction and shipbuilding department is praised for its ‘deep industry knowledge‘. Shipowners, shipyards, rig-owners, supplier companies and contractors are included in the firm’s client base, and complex transactional mandates and restructurings remain prominent in the team’s workload. Pål Lieungh ‘has excellent negotiations skills driven by his commercial mindset and hands-on approach‘; he jointly leads the practice with Henrik Hagberg and Mads Haavardsholm. Construction expert Jacob F Bull advises on offshore oil and gas and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Pål Lieungh; Mads Haavardsholm; Henrik Hagberg

Other key lawyers:

Jacob F. Bull

Testimonials

‘Jacob Bull is exceptional, and a true all-rounder in construction matters whether onshore or offshore. He is well trusted by colleagues and clients, also serving as an arbitrator which serves as a further solid testimony to his capabilities.’

‘Top qualified people – expedient and top quality results.’

‘Jacob Bull – very good understanding of the business. Has a commercial mindset, and broad experience base. Draws on all of this while giving solid legal advice. Also good with people – quickly builds trust and a good negotiation atmosphere.’

‘Mads Haavardsholm in Thommessen is a pleasant and likable person, but can take the bad cop position when that is required. Such personal capabilities combined with the legal and commercial skillset sets him apart from other lawyers I know.’

‘Pål Lieungh has excellent negotiations skills driven by his commercial mindset and hands-on approach.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA (previously Statoil ASA)

Myklebust Verft

DNO International ASA

Island Offshore/Borgstein

RAK Petroleum PLC

Enhanced Drilling AS

ConocoPhillips

Kongsberg Gruppen

NYMO AS

Viken Shipping

Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” S.A.

Vard Group AS

Fearnley Advisors AS/Transportation Recovery Fund

Apollo Asset Ltd/Hunter Group ASA

Arne Blystad/OHT ASA

Qatar Navigation – Milaha

Econnect Energy AS

Island Drilling AS

OHT Alfa Lift AS

TECO 2030 AS

Wellesley Petroleum AS

France Pelagique SAS

J.D. Irving, Limited / Atlantic Harrier Limited Partnership

Southern Wind Shipyards (PTY) Limited

Westcon Yards AS

Green Island Shipholding

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Westcon Yards AS in an appeal hearing against Prosafe Rigs Pte Ltd, arising from a NOK800m dispute concerning the conversion of the tender support vessel Safe Scandinavia.
  • Advising OHT Alfa Lift AS on negotiations with China Merchants concerning a newbuild contract for the construction of a semi-submersible offshore windfarm foundation installation vessel.
  • Assisted the Alsaker Group with the whole process of the construction of a live fish carrier vessel, which was built at the Astilleros de Murueta shipyard in Spain.

Wikborg Rein

The practice at Wikborg Rein is distinguished by its ‘incredible knowledge of the industry‘. Jointly led by the firm’s deputy head of the global shipping and offshore group Øyvind Axe and Gaute Gjelsten, who is highly regarded for his litigation and arbitration expertise, the team has been kept busy handling shipbuilding contracts, transactional mandates and contentious matters. Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen is the key contact for shipping and offshore projects, and Bergen-based Morten Valen Eide advises on the construction, operation, financing and sale/purchase of ships and rigs. Christian James-Olsen is another name to note in Bergen. Øystein Meland moved to BAHR in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Gjelsten; Øyvind Axe

Other key lawyers:

Morten Valen Eide; Andreas Fjærvoll-Larsen; Christian James-Olsen

Testimonials

‘Christian James-Olsen. Excellent on details and providing usable advice.’

‘The employees are knowledgeable and their advice is specific to our firm’s challenges. They are also able to attain new knowledge when appropriate. Communication with the main contact, as well as other on case to case basis, is always prompt and followed up as agreed. Strategic advice on specific cases is reliable. The people we collaborate with know our firm, what we do and how we work.’

‘The Wikborg Rein team provides everything you need – legal opinions, quality reviews, and strategic advice – always swiftly and with high quality.’

‘Morten Valen Eide is excellent in communication and strategy. His negotiation skills along with his knowledge of international business makes him a strong asset in negotiations.’

Incredible knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

ASKO

Beerenberg Services AS

COSL Drilling

Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted AS

Fjord 1

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Havfram AS

Odfjell Drilling

Solstad Offshore

Ulstein Verft AS

Work highlights

  • Advising ASKO AS on the construction, purchase, delivery and domestic operation of two electric autonomous ferries.
  • Assisting infrastructure group Fjord 1 ASA with its fleet renewal programme, involving multiple newbuilds from various yards in Europe.

Arntzen de Besche

The offshore construction team at Arntzen de Besche stands out for its ‘great legal knowledge‘. Led by Karl Erik Navestad, the group is well known for advising clients from the aquaculture and fisheries and oil and gas sectors on a range of non-contentious and contentious matters. Shipping work is also prominent in the department’s workload. Ole Skeidsvoll Moe advises on offshore oil and gas projects, and Anders Rødland is praised for his ‘excellent commercial understanding‘.

Practice head(s):

Karl Erik Navestad

Other key lawyers:

Ole Skeidsvoll Moe; Anders Rødland

Testimonials

‘Always available and positive.’

‘Combination of exceptional good understanding of the legal framework with a commercial mindset and negotiation skills.’

‘Anders Rødland provided good support during negotiations when things got complex. He understands the game and is excellent in handling difficult people.’

Key clients

Altera Infrastructure Production AS

Nordlaks

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Nordlaks concerning its projects for the development and construction of large offshore aquaculture farms.
  • Advising Norsk Fisketransport AS on a newbuild program for three service vessels for the aquaculture business.

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

Under the leadership of Geir-Arne Borgestrand, who ‘brings important insight and guidance‘ to offshore construction mandates, Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS‘ practice acts for a range of clients in the oil and gas, and oil services sectors including Crudecorp and Subsea 7. Newly promoted partner Knut Solum also contributes to the team.

Practice head(s):

Geir-Arne Borgestrand

Other key lawyers:

Knut Solum

Testimonials

‘The practice is diverse with vast senior experience as well as top talent. Glittertind’s business culture seems to be attracting the right talent. The variety in experience between senior partners makes Glittertind a natural choice for both commercial legal advice as well as dispute resolution.’

‘Geir Arne Borgestrand with his previous experience from the Energy Sector brings important insight and guidance in our business area. He contributes on a wide scale form strategic business advice to legal advice.’

Key clients

Crudecorp

Eureka Pumps AS

FPE Sontum AS

Safe Artic AS

Caera AS

DynatecSMV

Subsea 7

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Jointly led by oil and gas expert Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli, who regularly advises on offshore contracts, the practice at Kvale Advokatfirma DA has established expertise in acting for oil and gas companies in international offshore construction projects, as well as large-scale disputes. The group reports an increase in instructions from offshore wind companies. Other key practitioners include Gry Bratvold, who has a track record in advising on international offshore projects; Lilly Kathrin Relling, who handles contracts for shipping clients; and senior associate Marte Roen, who is noted for her expertise in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Jens Brede; Yngve Bustnesli

Other key lawyers:

Gry Bratvold; Lilly Kathrin Relling; Marte Roen

Testimonials

‘Great team. Customer focused and friendly.’

Key clients

Iberdrola Renovables

Equinor

BW Offshore

Kongsberg Maritime

Maersk Drilling

Techouse

Statnett SF

Solution Seeker

WR Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Lancashire Insurance

Eagle Burgmann Norway

Work highlights

  • Advising energy company Iberdrola on contractual negotiations regarding the construction of the Flagship Project, a 10MW floating wind turbine and a semi-submersible floating concrete structure in Norway.
  • Assisted BW Offshore with negotiations for a new contract for the lease and operation of the floating, production, storage and offloading vessel BW Pioneer, which operates in the Gulf of Mexico.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

At Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, practice head Henrik Aadnesen advises shipping companies, yards and contractors on transactional matters, as well as assisting with Norwegian and international litigation and arbitration. Trond Sollund is active in representing oil and gas companies in contentious matters, and fields expertise in offshore construction contracts and rig contracts. In the Ålesund office, Stian Tennfjord specialises in assisting shipyard clients with contractual and corporate work. Senior associate Rebecca Lund Nakkim is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Aadnesen

Other key lawyers:

Trond Sollund; Stian Tennfjord; Rebecca Lund Nakkim

Testimonials

Excellent legal competence and industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Ocean Yield ASA

Aker Energy AS

Höegh LNG AS

Vard Group AS

Transocean Ltd.

GC Rieber Shipping ASA

Prosafe SE

Spar Shipping AS

Volstad Shipping AS

Intership AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for shipyard Vard Group in securing a design and construction contract for three offshore wind support vessels with North Star.
  • Assisted Ocean Yield ASA with the purchase of two suezmax newbuild tankers, with ten-year bareboat charters to Nordic American Tankers Ltd., structured as sale and lease back transactions.
  • Assisted a shipyard with the delivery of its new support vessel Antarctic Provider, built by China’s CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd.

Wiersholm

At Wiersholm, the team continues to be kept busy advising shipbuilding clients on contractual matters, negotiations, delivery and financing issues, as well as assisting domestic and international oil services contractors with a broad range of offshore construction work. Helge Morten Svarva primarily focuses on offshore construction projects and has an excellent reputation for handling contracting disputes within the sector. Svarva jointly leads the team with newbuild projects expert Karl Even Rygh. Managing associate Mattias Grieg is noted for his expertise in offshore and shipping transactions.

Practice head(s):

Karl Even Rygh; Helge Morten Svarva

Other key lawyers:

Mattias Grieg

Testimonials

‘Great team. Fantastic service and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Hurtigruten AS

Equinor ASA

Avance Gas Holding Ltd

Golden Ocean Group Limited

DNV GL

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

SFL Corporation Ltd

Frontline Limited

Archer Limited

ABB Group Ltd

Flex LNG Ltd

DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS

Østensjø Rederi

Sinoceanic Shipping AS

Siem Industries

Viking Supply Ships

Moss Havn KF (the port authority of Moss)

Lindblad Expeditions

Liberty Mutual Insurance SE

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing assistance to The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (as sole legal adviser) regarding its full-scale carbon capture and storage project.
  • Acting as counsel for Liberty Mutual concerning the ongoing restructuring of the yard group Havyard Group, as well as the bankruptcy of Kleven Yard.