Growing up seaside in Bømlo, with his first investment in an outboard motor before the age of five, it was perhaps written in the stars that Knut Arild Hareide would one day head up the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The newly appointed director looks forward to leading the agency from Haugesund and has clear thoughts about Norway’s most globally competitive public administration.

“This is about providing the world’s best service to our customers,” Hareide emphasizes.

Norway as a maritime nation is a world leader in several areas. The Norwegian Maritime Authority director has clear ambitions and is well aware that inertia is rarely a recipe for continued success. A world leader can always get better, he maintains.

“Digitization and the green shift characterize the global maritime industry and will require major changes in a short time. Here, the Maritime Authority will continue to be an important contributor and interlocutor with its customers and the entire maritime community. This may require us to be creative and come up with new thinking if we are to accelerate the pace and retain the role of a world-leading maritime nation, also into the future,” Hareide reflects.

In practice, it also requires a flag that can withstand international competition and thereby remain globally competitive.

Knut Arild Hareide

The Norwegian flag has strengthened its position during the pandemic and continues to be associated with quality. This trend must extend into the future, Hareide emphasizes. “In practice, it also requires a flag that can withstand international competition and thereby remain globally competitive. Decisions made here at home will have great significance for Norway’s future as a shipping nation.”

The Norwegian Maritime Authority’s new director is concerned with listening to industry needs, and emphasizes the importance of future regulations being enforceable in practice.