History / Background

The foundation of Bergen Group is based on many different companies with solid experience and industrial knowledge, some of them going all the way back to the mid-1850s. The birth of Bergen Group as an industrial cluster can be dated back to 2002 when former DOF Industrier purchased BMV and Hanøytangen, as well as the estate in liquidation of Mjellem & Karlsen shipyard. As a result of these acquisitions, Bergen Yards Holding was founded in the early fall in 2002.

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Pictured: Magnus Stangeland has had a central position in Bergen Group's history. This picture is taken on the dry dock at Bergen Group BMV in September 2008.

The foundation of Bergen Group is based on many different companies with solid experience and industrial knowledge, some of them going all the way back to the mid-1850s. The birth of Bergen Group as an industrial cluster can be dated back to 2002 when former DOF Industrier purchased BMV and Hanøytangen, as well as the estate in liquidation of Mjellem & Karlsen shipyard. As a result of these acquisitions, Bergen Yards Holding was founded in the early fall in 2002.

With Magnus Stangeland as the company’s leader and major shareholder, Bergen Yard Holding completed the acquisition of 19 offshore maritime related companies during the next five years, and in May 2007 the industrial group changed name to Bergen Group.

At that time, Bergen Group went from being a traditional ship building yard to include all segments of high technical developments within the offshore and shipbuilding industry. Since June 2008, Bergen Group ASA has been listed on Oslo Stock Exchange - with ticker BERGEN.

Today Bergen Group has its main focus on the market segments Maritime Service, Defense and Energy & Industry. The operational activity take place at the company’s headquartering at Laksevåg (Bergen) and Straume (Sotra outside Bergen). Bergen Group Services has an extensive operational activity on customer locations in Hordaland county, as well as travel teams covering both the Norwegian coast, offshore installations and international assignments.