About Us

Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. was established in 1993 under the name of First Olsen Tankers Ltd. and then First Olsen Ltd. Since 2014, the company operates as Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. The company has its registered office in Hamilton, Bermuda with the operational headquarters in Oslo, Norway. It shares the office with Fred. Olsen Ocean AS, the agent to owner.

Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. is wholly owned by the Norwegian stock listed company Bonheur ASA (BON on OSE ticker). Bonheur ASA is managed by Fred. Olsen & Co and controlled by the Fred. Olsen family.

The company’s main activities relate to a variety of operations, services and products in both on- and offshore wind and technical marine services.

Fred. Olsen Ocean is the parent of the below companies:

Currently Fred. Olsen Ocean has offices in Bermuda and Norway, with subsidiary offices across the world employing over 800 people, with around 60 employed at the Oslo office.


Fred. Olsen & Co. dates back to 1848 when the Olsen family first entered the ship owning business. The company has been a pioneer ever since and uniquely combines tradition with innovation. Over the years, companies related to the family have diversified into a variety of activities: from aviation to shipbuilding, oil and gas exploration and production, and latest within renewable energy.

Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. was established under the company name First Olsen Tankers Ltd in 1993 to operate tanker vessels. Over the years the focus increased on renewable energy and the company was in 2014 eventually renamed to Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd.

With the acquisition of the jack-up installation concept Windcarrier the company entered the offshore wind industry in 2008. Global Wind Service offering onshore and offshore installation and servicing of wind turbines was acquired in 2009 to further strengthen the company’s efforts. The crew transfer vessel provider Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S was then established to provide integrated solutions in offshore wind. The Universal Foundation Mono Bucket concept was acquired in 2011 and integrated in the Fred. Olsen Ocean company.



First Olsen Tankers established


Renamed to First Olsen Ltd.


Acquired jack-up installation concept company Windcarrier


Windcarrier was renamed and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS established, wholly owned by First Olsen Ltd.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS acquired 51% stake in Global Wind Service A/S

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S established by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS and Global Wind Service A/S, owning 50% each

Fred. Olsen Marine Services AS incorporated


Acquired 60% share in Universal Foundation A/S


Acquired additional 22% share of Universal Foundation A/S, bringing it to 82%

Renamed to Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd.


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS acquired additional 24.5% share in Global Wind Service A/S, bringing it to 75.5%



Fred. Olsen Marine Services becomes a part of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.


Our companies share the same commitment and drive to lowering cost and raising standards. Our shared values unite us.


Safety is our focus and every effort is made to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.

Tradition driven by innovation

Fred. Olsen related companies have been in the shipping industry since 1848, offshore since 1960s and in renewables since 1990s. We build on this experience and look to innovate at every opportunity.

Flexible, reliable and professional

These three traits are fundamental building blocks for everything we do.

Exceed expectations

We are not happy to just meet a client’s expectations and always aim to exceed them.

Protect the environment

We strive for a green energy future and along the way we protect the marine environment we work in.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Fred. Olsen Ocean believes that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is integral to our business. We are dedicated to making a positive contribution to our communities, being a good employer and minimising our environmental impacts.

To learn more about our Corporate Social Responsibility, please download our latest CSR Report.