About Knutsen OAS Shipping

Knutsen OAS Shipping is a fully integrated shipping company with operation, newbuilding supervision, chartering and project development in-house.

Knutsen OAS Shipping is undertaking the commercial and technical management/operation of all LNG carriers and the Product/Chemical tankers. Knutsen OAS Shipping has also administrative support functions and newbuilding supervision services for Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS (KNOT).

We have a branch office in Spain, Knutsen OAS España, S.A. This office is located in Madrid and it is managing the commercial operation, business development, customer daily contact point and crewing for the LNG vessels under Spanish flag.

The Knutsen fleet development is based on managing projects from design to operation, with organic growth. We have an active approach regarding development and implementation of new technology.

As per beginning of 2022, we have in total 18 vessels in operation; 15 LNG carriers and 3 product/chemical tankers. In addition, Knutsen has 15 LNG carriers under construction.

Knutsen has extensive construction supervision experience from 66 newbuilt ships, 10 ship conversions in the past and is currently undertaking 18 newbuilding projects.

The current onshore staff is in approximate 200, with a about 2000 officers and crew. The Knutsen crew is highly skilled and trained with over 20 years experience from LNG carriers, Product/ Chemical tankers and offshore operations. Our crewing system is self-sustained based on a high extent of internal promotion and former cadets employment.

We have a strong focus on technology development, and is world leading technology provider in marine transportation of compressed natural gas with its proprietary Knutsen PNG® Technology. Knutsen has also its own proprietary technology for VOC reduction during tanker loading, Knutsen KVOC® Technology, and has developed new technology for ballast water treatment for large tankers, KBAL®. The KBAL® technology is USCG and revised IMO qualified. 

Our objective is to maintain a fleet of high quality- and technically advanced vessels. Every vessel we own and operate is of a high technical standard. Knutsen OAS Shipping is committed to deliver environmentally friendly services and products at a level of Quality, Health, Security and Safety that complies with the requirements of our HSSE&QA Management System, international & statutory regulations and meets or exceeds our contractual and legal obligations. Knutsen OAS Shipping AS is certified according to ISM, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and is Sarbane Oxley compliant.

Our customers are the oil, gas and energy majors which set the highest requirements to safety and reliability standards. Our customers are Shell, Naturgy, Total, Endesa, Enel, PGNiG, Edison, Engie and Gasnor.


Knutsen believe that transparent and good corporate governance drives value creation through aligned stakeholders as well as company interests.

Knutsen’s core values are credibility, innovation and care. These values shall reflect our performance of the work including our relation to each other, our customers, suppliers and society in general. These values and commitments shall contribute to the foundation and further development of the confidence towards the company and clients.

The governing principles together with the Code of Conduct make up the foundation for governance in Knutsen.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct defines the core legal and ethical standards and applies to all Knutsen directors, managers and other employees. It is the personal responsibility of each director, manager and other employee to duly respect all restrictions imposed by those laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to accounting and auditing matters.

Please find the Code of Conduct for Knutsen OAS Shipping.

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Supplier Code of Conduct defines the core legal and ethical standards we expect from all our suppliers, any subsidiary, other associated company or companies under management of KNOT Management are required to operate.

Please find the Supplier Code of Conduct for Knutsen OAS Shipping.

General Terms and Conditions

These General Terms and Conditions set out the terms that will always apply to the purchase of Goods and/or Services (as applicable) by Knutsen OAS Shipping from the Seller unless the parties have expressly agreed otherwise in form of a written Agreement.

General Terms for Goods

General Terms for Services

Membership of MACN- maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Knutsen has been an active member of MACN – Maritime Anti-Corruption Network since 2014. This is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large.

HSSE Policy

Shipping is being subjected to ever-stricter environmental and safety requirements, and Knutsen have the objectives concerning a high quality of the operation of the vessels. The fleet consists of modern vessels of high technical standards.

Knutsen places considerable emphasis on safety and quality control, and strict requirements are put on safety and operation of the vessels. Knutsen has established overall guidelines to ensure that:

  • The Knutsen activities shall be executed professionally and in accordance with national and international rules and regulations as well as internal and external standards and proactive actions shall be taken to avoid injuries, loss of life and material damages.
  • The Knutsen operations shall be planned and attention shall be made on executing activities and operations so that the environmental consequences are minimized.
  • The Knutsen HSSE & QA system, is in accordance with international requirements and standards, and the company maintains all necessary certificates for its operation of activities. Knutsen OAS Shipping AS has ISM certification from several flag-states and is further certified according to the international standards; ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018.

Knutsen has an active approach regarding implementation of technology for reducing emissions to water and air.

The Health Safety and Environmental Policy of Knutsen OAS Shipping is as follows;

KOAS is committed to continuously strive for a safe working environment for all employees so that no personnel, visitors and others are injured or harmed during their employment or activities engaged by Knutsen OAS Shipping.

 KOAS is committed to deliver environmentally friendly services and products at a level of Quality, Health and Safety that complies with the requirements of our HSE&QA Management System, international & statutory regulations and meets or exceeds our contractual and legal obligations.                                                                     

KOAS is committed to maintain comprehensive environmental management system; The system shall ensure that environmental objectives, requirements and considerations are integrated elements of the total activities of the Company. Further, it shall be ensured that the Company and vessel activities are planned, executed, verified, reported and analysed in a consistent and systematic manner and in compliance with legal and other requirements that the Company and vessels are subject to.

Our vision is 0 – ZERO – accidents and/or incidents, meaning:

  • 0 personnel injuries
  • 0 work related illnesses
  • 0 spills to the environment
  • 0 material damages

 To achieve our commitment, Knutsen OAS Shipping AS shall: 

  • Raise the competence of our employees through training and career development.
  • Employ qualified and trained personnel.
  • Meet or exceed all applicable laws and standards in all our operations.
  • Identify risk, establish safeguards, including being prepared for any emergency and plan all operation based on experience and shared knowledge.
  • Have an environmental program including continuous improvement of our effort to minimize the impact on the environment
  • Use well-maintained equipment and safe and effective procedures.

KOAS Management Team

Nils Kristian Strøm, Managing Director

  • Joined Knutsen Group in 2002
  • 38 years of experience from shipping and energy business
  • Worked for Statoil from 1983 until he joined Knutsen in various senior positions
  • MSc Chemical Engineering from University of Trondheim (NTH / NTNU)

Synnøve Seglem, Deputy Managing Director

  • Joined Knutsen Group in 2011
  • Experience as maritime consultant and surveyor from DNV GL 2004 – 2011
  • MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School, UK
  • ME Material Science & Engineering from Imperial College London, UK

Magnus Gudmundsen – Chief Operating Officer

  • Responsible for all technical operations in both Knutsen OAS Shipping and KNOT
  • Employed in Knutsen Group since 1991
  • Education degree in Marine Engineer

Ole Jacob Ræstad, CFO

  • Joined Knutsen Group in 1984
  • 37 years of shipping and project finance experience
  • MSc Business and Economics from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Geir Tore Henriksen, Finance Director

  • Joined Knutsen Group in 2010
  • Various accounting and finance experience from e.g. Norsk Hydro and Deep Ocean
  • Msc Accounting and Audit (CPA) from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
  • MSc Economics and Business from Norwegian School of Business Administration (BI)

Geir Hagen – HSSE & QA Director

  • Various positions in the Knutsen Group since 2007
  • Previously Lead Surveyor Norwegian Maritime Directorate
  • Master Mariner with 16 years at sea experience from Cruise, and offshore (PSV, ATHS and MPSV).

Trygve Seglem, Chairman and Owner

  • Majority shareholder in TSSI and 50% owner of Knutsen NYK offshore Tankers
  • Previously president of the Norwegian Shipowners Association
  • Began his career developing Statoil’s shuttle tanker operations
  • BSc. Degree from Newcastle University in England

Andres Celaya, Chairman Knutsen España

  • Joined Knutsen Group in 2005
  • President of Knutsen OAS España and Knutsen Overseas
  • More than 25 years of experience from shipping business
  • Education Degree in business administration, Madrid

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