Internal restructuring
Norge; Sør-Østlandet; Vestfold
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50.10 - Sea And Coastal Passenger Water Transport

100 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 September 2023
Employment effect (start)
24 October 2023
Foreseen end date


Norwegian ferry operator Fjord Line will no longer operate the ferry route between Sandefjord in Norway and Strömstad in Sweden, and will make redundant at least 100 employees in Norway. As the route "does not support Fjord Line's vision and long-term strategy", which includes a strategic decision to focus on routes between Norway and Denmark. Around 220 jobs are cut, including both sailors and on-land employees, in Norway and Sweden. The Norwegian Seafarers Union state that 100 of their members are affected. The number of direct dismissals was not announced and is subject to deliberation with the unions.

Trade union representative Renato Stojnic states that the closure came as a complete surprise for the employees and that many were deeply shocked as the company up until as recently as a month before the closure indicated that the route was operating with profit. The closure was originally announced from 29 October, but the last crossing was conducted on 24 October. The early closure was attributed to the sale in the onboard shop going better than expected with stock running out fast.



Eurofound (2023), Fjord Line, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 200478, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200478.