Company in brief (hovedartikkel)

Company in brief

The Port of Larvik (PoL) was established (as a separat company) September 17, 2003, and is owned by Larvik Municipality. It employs 16 people.

The Board of Directors has 7 members, where 5 represent the proprietary municipality and 1 represent the public. In addition, one member represents the employees.

The main activities of the PoL are the following: 

  • Keep the waterways clear and in order, and ensure that there is suitable space for vessels docking at the Port of Larvik.
  • Ensure sufficient areas for loading/unloading of vessels and for short-term cargo storage.
  • Provide port services (crane services, water supplies etc.).
  • Rentals, land and property.
  • Operation of marinas and fishing harbours.

Private companies carry out terminal activities. Ship to shore cranes are owned and operated by PoL.

The main activity of the company takes place at Revet where PoL is an important proprietor and organizer for the various logistics companies. Crane operation is given high priority.

The PoL had revenue of NOK 50.5 million in 2012, an increase of NOK 2.7 million compared to the previous year.

More about the company in our information folder (pdf).

Annual Report 2010
Annual Report 2009 
Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2007

  • Traffic and financial figures 2007-2011

    Learn more about the port progress by these simple graphs following the traffic situation for container, ferry, stone exports as well as the ports financial situation the last five years.

  • Market situation

    Presently, The Port of Larvik is in an expansive phase and has an annual cargo turnover in the region up to two million tons. Traffic through the port can be divided into four main segments; container traffic, ferry traffic, stone export and other general cargo traffic.

    Traffic figures for the container ports in Oslo Fjord show that Larvik has tripled its market share in the last decade. 61,700 containers (TEUs) were transported via the Port of Larvik in 2012, compared to 69,300 TEUs in 2011. Imports increased by 12 percent and Larvik became second largest container port in Norway.

    The market potential is large – there is a clear tendency that constantly diversified goods are being transported by container, and today`s container transport is so cost efficient that even more goods will justify this type of transport via the network of overseas lines.

    The ferry traffic is one of the factors throughout the years which has been the basis for the port's economy. Since its start in 1937, as the first ferry connection between Norway and Denmark, this line has developed into one of the most important of the overseas ferry routes.

    The ports of Oslo, Sandefjord, Larvik and Kristiansand dominate the ferry market within the south east of Norway. The main participants within this market are Color Line, DFDS Seaways and Stena Line.

    In June 2008, the new ferry facilities at Revet were opened. At the same time, Color Line`s new ferry “SuperSpeed 2” was introduced to the Larvik - Hirtshals line. New ship, as well as new travel concepts, have been a big success for the company.

    Passenger traffic via the Port of Larvik was 777,000 passengers (+7 percent from 2011) and cargo by ferries 564,000 tons in 2012 (and 2011).

    Stone exports
    Stone blocks, mainly Larvikitt, have for many years been a predominant export article through the port. Annual export volumes have in recent years varied between 300,000 and 400,000 tons. Stone blocks are shipped either to European ports or in containers for reshipping to overseas vessels that continue on to Asian markets.

    "Armour Rock", "Reinforcement Stone" or "Waste Stone" are three names describing the same product, which is a by-product from extracting stone blocks. Up to 800,000 tons are exported yearly on barges to England (among others) where it is used for securing the coastline against erosion.

    The market potential is considered sizable, but yearly volume swings back and forth due to duration and quantity of contracts.

    Other general cargo
    This comprises of cargo traffic generated by Nor Lines' route along the Norwegian coas, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, along with wood products and some iron and steel transportation.

    The total cargo turnover yields an annual tonnage of 100,000 tons. 

  • Port facilities

    The port facilities can be found at Kanalkaiene and Revet. Svartebukt Havn, which is a separate terminal for stone export, was opened in 2003. Additionally, Dampskipskaia in Stavern is sporadic in use as a traffic quay.

    Commercial port
    The port facilities can be found at Kanalkaiene and Revet. The ferry traffic was moved from Indre Havn (Town Centre) in 2008 to new, modern facilities at Revet.

    Svartebukt Havn in Brunlanes is a separate terminal used for stone export. In addition, Dampskipskaia in Stavern is in sporadic use as a traffic quay.

    The ferry dock in Helgeroa is in use all year round to serve the local need for transportation to Øyane/Langesund and for charter traffic in the summer season. There are no private quays within the port district.

    There are 3 fishing harbours in the port district and approximately 15 registered professional fishermen.

    There are 10 municipal leisure boat harbours with a total of approximately 1,600 mooring places within the harbour area. The daily operation and administration of the marinas has been entrusted to local boat associations.

    The long coastline with islands and sandy beaches, combined with the pleasently warm summertime, makes the Larvik district an attractive resort for yachting. The number of guest days in the Port of Larvik's marinas yields a total of 5,000 per season and especially Stavern is very popular.

    Statictics 2012
    The number of calls in 2012 was 1,195.

    Overall cargo throughput reached 2.1 million tons, an increase of 17 percent since 2011. 60 percent of the cargo was handled via container and ferry services. The Port of Larvik is primarily an international port with 97 percent of its cargo turnover relating to international traffic (2012).

    Container turnover was 61,700 TEUs.

    All port facilities (pdf)


  • Business concept

    The Port of Larvik is Larvik Municipality's professional harbour company, and shall exercise administrative duties in accordance with the Norwegian Harbour Act.

    The Port of Larvik (PoL) is Larvik Municipality's professional harbour company, and shall exercise administrative duties in accordance with the Norwegian Harbour Act.

    The PoL operates in accordance with commercial and sustainable principles.

    The PoL shall ensure economically sustainable and efficient port operation, supervise port area traffic in Larvik municipality, and manage the port's assets in a manner that promotes the attainment of established aims.

    The PoL may engage in port related activities that are advantageous to its own port operations.

    The PoL shall develop as an attractive port with a high degree of service, and shall strengthen its position as an easily accessible and coast efficient port. 


    • Simple port approach; speedy, cost effective and environmentally friendly
    • Twice daily calls by the ferry SuperSpeed  Larvik-Hirtshals
    • Weekly calls by container lines to Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Esbjerg, Hamburg, Immingham, Rotterdam and more
    • Weekly calls by general cargo lines servicing Scandinavia and the Baltics
    • Europe's most modern ferry terminals
    • Norways second largest container port (2008 to 2012)
    • Gantry crane (50 tons) and mobile harbour crane (104 tons)



Havnegata 5, 3263 Larvik
Postboks 246, 3251 Larvik

Telefon: (+47) 33 16 57 50



Posisjon (Revet):

59° 2'25''N  (59.04028 Lat)
10° 2'50''E  (10.04722 Long)