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History

Color Line represents more than one hundred years of continuous line of traffic between Norway and Europe. The company was established in 1990, based on the Kosmos-companies Jahre Line and Norway Line.

Color Line’s parent company, Color Group ASA (formerly Color Line ASA), was established in 1990. However, our roots in the ferry business go back over 100 years.

It was the merger in 1990 of Jahre Line and Norway Line which led to the creation of Color Line. In that same year the company expanded its business appreciably when it took over the Fred. Olsen ferry operations.

The first M/S Kronprins Harald, which was built for Jahre Line AS, embarked upon its maiden voyage from Oslo on 2 May 1961. Color Line was therefore able to celebrate its fortieth anniversary on Oslo-Kiel service in May 2001.

In October 1996 the company acquired Larvik Line, while Scandi Line joined the group in September 1998. The Color Hotel Skagen was also acquired in September 1998.

In 1961 Jahre Line on the Oslo-Kiel service carried 53,000 passengers and 9,600 cars. Today Color Line carries totally an annual of 4,2 million passengers and over 800,000 cars and 160.000 trailers.