Commemorating 8 May, Norway’s Liberation Day

8 May 2015

Today, it is 70 years since the Second World War ended and Norway once again was a free country. Höegh Autoliners honoured the war sailors that lost their lives on board our ships during the war with a commemoration ceremony.

Norway was occupied by Germany from 9 April 1940 to 8 May 1945. After Norway’s entry into the war in 1940, the Norwegian government requested the large Norwegian fleet of merchant ships and organised it in the Norwegian Shipping and Trade Mission (Nortraship). In the morning of 9 April 1940, the entire Höegh fleet was outside German-controlled waters and came under the administration of Nortraship.

Honouring our war sailors
Many of the 14 Höegh ships were attacked, either when sailing in convoys or alone. Six of the ships sank after being torpedoed or bombed by German planes and one was lost in a British mine field. 37 of our sailors and six passengers lost their lives and countless others endured unthinkable hardship.

In Höegh Autoliners’ head office in Oslo, there is a memorial plaque in the reception area commemorating the seafarers that lost their lives and the six Höegh ships lost during the Second World War. To make sure that their sacrifices is not forgotten, a ceremony was held on Norway’s Liberation Day in front of the plaque honouring them with flowers and a commemoration speech.

Mr Leif O Høegh puts down a wreathe of flowers in memory of the sailors who lost their lives during World War II