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(Old) boy band

[ May 20, 2021   //   ]

Collaboration is common enough these days in shipping, but the organisers of the Nor-Shipping conference have broken new ground with – wait for it – a rock band.

They have gathered together a band of shipping executives for its Today Show by Nor-Shipping, taking place on 1 June as part of the Ocean Now initiative.

The line-up includes Ståle Hansen, chief executive of marine insurers Skuld, on drums, his colleague Hilde Torp on lead vocals and, on bass, someone who you may actually have heard of in a musical context, Viggo Bondi, executive director of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, but also a former member of A-ha.

They will be accompanied by fellow Nor-Shipping executive John Anders Røse on keyboards and Per Martin Tanggaard on guitar.

The latter says: “These guys are all very experienced and, in Viggo’s case, actually famous.”

A ringing endorsement if ever there was one.

The band will meet the week before Ocean Now for rehearsals and to try and decide an appropriate name. Suggestions, Tanggaard says, are welcome (Actually Famous, perhaps?), as are requests to play in January. Rod Stewart’s Sailing (obviously); Otis Redding’s Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay; Rock the Boat…?