The world outside Norway may not have noticed, but the business community there has been treated to an entertaining week of provocation and indignation, all courtesy of bad-boy shipowner Tor Olav Troim and billionaire tax exile Kjell Inge Rokke.

At a time when shipping has become increasingly urgent about reforming itself to meet acute social and environmental challenges, some in Norway feel like pushing back, and Troim has stepped forward as the captain of the anti-ESG team.

Rokke, himself, has had nothing provocative to say about environmental, social and corporate governance —ESG — issues.