GC Rieber Shipping

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GC Rieber Shipping AS
Industry Shipping
Founded 1981
Headquarters Bergen, Norway
Area served
Key people
Irene Waage Basili, CEO (2011–).[1]
Revenue NOK 392 million (2007)
NOK 169 million (2007)
Profit NOK 39 million (2007)
Website www.rieber-shipping.no

GC Rieber Shipping (OSE: RISH) is a Norwegian shipping company that operates offshore subsea support vessels, marine seismic vessels and polar logistics and research expeditions. Based in Bergen, Norway it is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. A major owner is GC Rieber.


The company dates back to the establishment of G.C. Rieber & Co. AS in 1879. The company started with shipping in the 1930s and soon entered both the polar exporation field and in 1965 the seismic shipping field in the North Sea. Through the 1970s the company specialized in Arctic and Antarctic research expeditions and in 1981 the division was established as a separate company, Rieber Shipping A/S. The company has since established an in-house design department for the specialized vessels.


The company operates in three related markets, Subsea, Ice/Support and Marine Seismic.[2] GC Rieber Shipping has a 65% stake in Armada Seismic, a 50% stake in the subsea services company Reef Subsea and a 73% stake in environmental monitoring company Octio.[3]


The company has owned several vessels that are periodically leased to other contractors, and also leases vessels from others as well.[4]

  • Polar Prince (built 1999 at Flekkefjord Yard, sold 2015)
  • Polar King (built 2011 at Freire Shipyard, Spain)
  • Polar Queen (built 2011 at Freire Shipyard, Spain)
  • Polar Onyx (built 2014 at Ulstein Verft)
Ice / Support
  • Polar Pevek - icebreaker/support vessel (built 2006 at Aker Yars Aukra)
  • Polar Piltun - crew boat (built 1998, converted 2009, at Kværner Fjellstrand)
  • Polar Baikal - crew boat (built 2000, converted 2009, at Kværner Fjellstrand)
  • RRS Ernest Shackleton - icebreaker (built 1995 at Kverner Kleven Leirvik)
  • Polar Empress (built 2015 at Kleven, Myklebust)
Marine Seismic
  • Polar Duke (built 2010 at Factorias Juliana)
  • Polar Duchess (built 2011 at Factorias Juliana)
  • Polar Marquis (built 2000, bought 2009 as Geo Atlantic, renovated and renamed 2014, at Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk)


  1. ^ Irene Waage Basili, execute profile at bloomberg.com, last accessed Sep 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fourth Quarter 2010 Presentation" (webcast). GC Rieber Shipping ASA. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "About GC Rieber Shipping". GC Rieber Shipping ASA. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Fleet, last accessed September 23, 2016.