Our Expertise

Our company traces its history back to 1869, and after all these years we are still proud to be one of the top shipbroking companies in the world. The shipping industry is truly global and we are pleased to combine local presence with global reach through our network of ten offices worldwide.

Our Story

Key historic milestones through 149 years in business.

1869

Thomas Fearnley

Thomas Fearnley (1841-1927) establishes a shipping & agency business in Oslo.

1878

Express

Sail ship “Express” used by famous explorer A. E. Nordenskiöld to discover the Northeast Passage.

1882

New Building

Delivery of “DS Oslo” (1,235 DWT), the first contracted newbuilding.

1885

Minister of Labour

Hans Rasmus Astrup (1831-1898) becomes Norway’s Minister of Labour.

1830s

Tanker Brokerage Office

Fearnley opens tanker brokerage office.

1960s

New operations

Fearnley establishes LNG shipping and chartering operations

1972

Sole owner

Current owner, H.R. Astrup, becomes sole owner.

1973

New companies

Fearnley Offshore & Fearnley Offshore Supply founded.

1981

New company

Fearnley Project Finance AS established in Oslo.

1987

Securities

Fearnley Securities AS established in Oslo.

2012

Museum

Opening of the new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

2014

Foundation

Ownership of the Astrup Fearnley Group transferred
to the “Hans Rasmus Astrup Foundation.