A teenager dies in a Nordwegian shipyard

The teenager was nearby during a night out in the city of Bergen.


In the maritime sector, a tragic incident unfolded on Saturday night in Bergen, Norway, as a young partygoer met an untimely demise. Steffen Mørner Olsen, a 19-year-old individual, was attending a gathering at an aged shipyard facility, transformed into a venue for private events and revelry. This venue is located in close proximity to the renowned Bergens Mekaniske Verksted (BMV) drydock, an ancient, stone-walled graving dock still utilized for the maintenance and refurbishment of majestic sailing vessels and other maritime craft. Presently, the drydock accommodates the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which serves as the training ship for the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Tragedy struck at approximately 2145 hours on Saturday when an individual discovered Mr. Olsen lying at the base of the drydock and promptly contacted the local authorities. Regrettably, medical professionals on the scene pronounced the victim deceased.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Olsen’s tragic demise has revealed a lack of eyewitnesses to the incident, and it has been established that no surveillance cameras were in place to monitor the area. The precise details of the incident remain ambiguous, and it is uncertain whether Mr. Olsen fell from the edge of the drydock or from the adjacent ship. Notably, the drydock is equipped with a protective perimeter fence of chest height, which, according to statements by police official Arne Fjellstad to VG, could potentially have been breached.

To date, there have been no indications or evidence to suggest any criminal involvement in this incident, leading the authorities to categorize the fatality as a tragic accident.

In response to this grievous incident, Bergen’s Mayor, Marit Warncke, expressed her profound condolences to Mr. Olsen’s family and friends, as well as to all individuals who were directly affected. She emphasized the profound sorrow that befalls the community when a young life is abruptly extinguished.

The drydock, situated in Laksevag, boasts a rich history dating back to 1872 and stands as the oldest surviving component of the BMV yard’s operations at this location. It was more recently operated by Noryards BMV, a specialized yard focused on offshore support vessels (OSVs), which unfortunately ceased operations in 2016 during the challenging times faced by the offshore industry.


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