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Further update 31 May: According to AIS, the cruiseships Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) and Ryndam (Holland-America) are both berthed in Bergen today. However I can’t see any cruiseships at Oslo.

Update 31 May: Here’s a link to a statement by the Norwegian Coastal Administration about the extent of the strike. In particular, click on the  ‘Overview of the affected pilot station’ link on that page and look at the webpage that opens as a result. It’s in two pages: the first shows pilot stations that are affected and probably closed, while the second show pile stations that are not affected.

Update 30 May: I gather that the strike has escalated and that many other Norwegian ports will have been affected during Wednesday. I also understand that the dispute actually involves the drivers (?) of the pilot boats, not the pilots themselves, and that over 100 of these drivers will be on strike from today (Wednesday). I haven’t got any information yet as to whether, or how, port calls by the ships I mentioned below were affected.

The port pilots in Oslo have been on strike this week, and as a result some cruises have been affected. These include cruises on Royal Caribbean and Princess. Some ships have found alternative ports while others have apparently cancelled their call altogether.

So far only the port of Oslo has been affected, but the strike is due to go national today, and this will affect other cruises. For example, P&O’s Arcadia and Aurora are on cruises among the fjords, and Cunard’s Queen Victoria is on a voyage to North Cape, with calls at several ports in norther Norway scheduled. And the impact of the strike extends beyond cruise ships: Oslo is apparently Norway’s main oil port, and tankers have not been able to dock since the strike began. As a result southern Norway at least is in some danger of running short of fuel.

Here’s a link to the ‘News’ page of the Port of Oslo website.

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