Born in Reykjavik Iceland in May 26th 1957 son of seafarers as my mother sailed during the WWII on Icelandic passengership and my father in the fishing fleeti from 1942 till 1954 when he joined the Merchant fleet till his retirement in 1992. First signed on a ship week before my 15th birthday on the coastal vessel Esja where my father was AB.
The next years I was on different ships till I was accepted to the Navigation School in Reykjavik in 1975. During my time in the Navigation School I and my best friend and class mate Magnus Hardarson where AB’s on the US drilling vessel Glomar Challenger. We both gratuated in 1978. He is now Captain of the container vessel LAGARFOSS (IMO 9641314).
I sailed on different general cargo ships as second and chief officer but in 1979 I joined the Icelandic State Shipping. For four years I sailed as supercargo, second officer and chief officer on Norwegian pallet carriers chartered to the ISS. Promoted to Captain in 1984 when the charter vessel was purchased to our company.
In 1991 I took over as Dep. Manager and Pricipal of the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre in Reykjavík which is owned by Icelandic Association of Search and Rescue. I also took command as the Captain of the training vessel Sæbjörg. I have been involved in numerious committees on safety of seafareres and fishermen including present both in the board of the Maritime Council and the Icelandic Marine Accident Investigation Board (1995 to present day). From 2004 to 2015 I was Chairman of the International Association of Safety and Survival Training
In 1990 awarded on the Icelandic Maritime Day for good order of Safety on my vessel ASKJA (IMO 7407726) and in 2007 awarded by Sea Shore and Safety Services, Dublin, Ireland for my contribution to safety at sea Internationaly. In 2013 I was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Falcon by President of Iceland for my contribution to safety of Icelandic seafarers and fishermen. Appointed to Honourary Member of IASST in 2015.
My hobby is modern merchant ships of the world and specially Icelandic owned and operated fleet. I collect photos of ships and if you own a photo of Icelandic ships or former Icelandic ships please tell me about them. I keep a database on all merchant ships that has been owned or operated by Icelandic company’s or individuals since 1885. I can also provide informations on ships that has been in the Icelandic ship’s register which started in 1924. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I can help you.
I have written three books on Icelandic shipping company’s, Hf. Eimskipafélag Íslands (Eimskip) in 1988 and again in 2014 and Skipaútgerð ríkisins (The Icelandic State Shipping) in 1990. The Icelandic State Shipping was closed down in 1992 but the company had been serving the coastal trade around Iceland since 1929. I’m also a columnist writer for the magazine “Sjómannablaðið Víkingur”
I have been a member of the World Ship Society since 1974, Klubb Maritim (Sweden) since 1987, Norsk Skipsfartshistorisk Selskap from 1990. I have been hobby photographer since at the age of 11 and have participated in few photo exebititions together with the Icelandic photoclub Focus.