Oslo’s biennial shipping exhibition is a “must-attend” event for many. Here’s what those in Norway last week learned about the state of today’s maritime business:

Confidence in shipping markets is fragile

The burst of nervous laughter from the great and the good of Norwegian shipping right at the start of the Nor-Shipping week was perhaps the most potent ­insight into today’s markets.

The stage was the opening ocean leadership conference at the hotel next to the expo’s Lillestrom ­centre, with more than 500 guests packed in for the start at 9am prompt.