Our Legacy

The Astrup Fearnley Group represents over a century of history, growth and excellence in the areas of shipping and offshore services. This fascinating legacy is a success story created by generations of the Astrup Fearnley Family. We believe it is a story worth telling.


Thomas Fearnley

Astrup Fearnley dates back to the year 1869 when its founder, Thomas Fearnley, established a shipbroking and agency business in Christiania, as the city of Oslo was known in those days.



In connection with its trading activities the company bought shares in vessels and chartered vessels. By 1881 the partnership of Fearnley & Eger established the Christiania Steamship Company.


Shipping services

In the beginning of the 1900s Fearnley & Eger became, more or less, a shipowning company and invested in ever larger units. The company engaged in both liner and tramp activities and survived the two world wars. In addition to these shipowning activities, the firm continued to engage in developing its skills in the area of shipping services and was engaged primarily in the area of dry cargo shipbroking.


As the tanker industry started to develop, Fearnleys became enthusiastically involved in this new field of endeavour. Later on, when the transportation of gas by sea became an important area of commerce, Fearnleys developed a broking department which specialized in this new commodity.


Hans Rasmus Astrup

Hans Rasmus Astrup becomes the sole owner of Astrup Fearnley.


Financial Services

With an ever increased demand for growth capital and financial brokerage services for maritime companies, 1980s marked the birth of Astrup Fearnley’s financial services offering with the establishment of Fearnley Project Finance in 1981 and Fearnley Securities in 1987.


Hans Rasmus Astrup Foundation

Ownership of the Astrup Fearnley Group transferred to the Hans Rasmus Astrup Foundation.

Global Leader


Today, The Astrup Fearnley Group is a leading, independent and global provider of brokerage, research, financial- and advisory services to investors and maritime companies worldwide. The Group has a strong global presence with 350 professionals in 11 countries.

Our Commitment

At Fearnley Project Finance we have a stated commitment to ensure that everything we do – every piece of advice we give, every transaction we perform and every interaction in which we take part – shall be done with greatest integrity and in compliance with good business practice and high ethical standards.