Kvaerner sponsors the Fram museum

12 June 2013 – Kvaerner becomes a long term sponsor of the Fram Museum in Oslo with a total financial contribution of NOK 10 million to the museum’s new Gjøa building.

Gjøa was the first vessel to sail through the North West Passage and has played a key role in Norwegian polar history.

The Fram Museum in Oslo honors Norwegian polar exploration in general and three great Norwegian polar explorers in particular; Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen.  The new building is an extension of the Fram Museum, and will provide space for Gjøa as well as special exhibitions and classroom facilities. 

“Kvaerner holds a long history as one of the pioneers within the Norwegian offshore and maritime industry. We are proud to be part of the preservation of the polar and cultural heritage represented by the new Gjøa building at the Fram Museum. Although more than 100 years set us apart, we share the same challenges as the polar pioneers when it comes to understanding and coping with the harsh Arctic environment”, says President & CEO of Kvaerner, Jan Arve Haugan.

With the support from Kvaerner, in addition to the Bergesen Foundation and DNV, Gjøa has now moved indoors in a permanent exhibition in conjunction with the exhibition of Fram after enduring decades of uncertainty.

“I am pleased to support the Fram Museum in its efforts to ensure that important aspects of Norway’s polar history is not only protected, but also made available for generations to come”, Haugan continues.

The duration of the cooperation agreement between the Fram Museum and Kvaerner is 10 years.

For further information, please contact:

Mariken Holter, SVP Communications, Kvaerner, Tel: +47 67 52 74 35, Mob: +47 91 78 73 58