Nautisk Forlag

and maritime publications 

Nautisk Forlag

Nautisk Forlag AS is among the world’s leading distributors of nautical charts and publications – both on paper and in digital formats.

It serves shipping companies around the globe from offices in Oslo, New Orleans, Singapore and Shanghai. As an official agent for the hydrographical offices of the UK, USA and Scandinavian countries, Nautisk Forlag holds extensive stocks of all the electronic and paper charts and publications necessary for ocean-going vessels. It also stocks a variety of products such as log books, safety signs and navigational instruments. 

Nautisk Forlag is recognised for its logistics and speed of service. Many shipowners and operators opt for the revision service. They trust Nautisk Forlag to update their vessels with the necessary charts and publications regularly so as to ensure compliance with SOLAS and the ISM code. 

Bespoke subscription categories make it simple to receive only relevant updates, and software developed in house, such as Neptune, makes folio management even easier for the vessel. No matter if the vessel is sailing conventionally with paper charts or using high-tech ECDIS equipment front of bridge. 

Nautisk Forlag has traditionally had a strong foothold on the North European market, but over the last five years it has become much more globally orientated. Together, its offices in Oslo, Singapore, Shanghai and New Orleans give Nautisk a presence in all the “main” time zones, with fully stocked, full-scale, top-staffed offices open 24 hours a day. 

No one in the chart industry has set the precedent of having fully accredited International Admiralty Chart Agents (IACAs) in Asia, the Americas and Europe, until now. 

Nautisk expects market growth in digital services, mainly due to IMO’s requirement for mandatory ECDIS in the SOLAS fleet. Nautisk is already ahead of the market and has prepared its organisation for the changing navigational challenges. 

In a changing digital environment Nautisk Forlag is not just holding its ground; it is investing boldly in the future and turning its bow to the wind. 

One of the most important things has been to invest in knowledge. In recent years Nautisk has recruited young naval officers, who are highly trained in digital navigation and have actual sailing experience. The development of its own Neptune Vessel Information Service has also been adapted to suit the digital world even better than before. Today Neptune is recognised as market leading software in terms of both speed and functionality. 

Nautisk will continue to climb the distributor ladder right to the top and become an even more significant player in the global chart market for both paper and digital charts, as well as other navigational products. 



Nautisk Forlag Thomas Fjeld Managing Director