HAV established its management function in Bergen, Norway in 1999. This coincided with HAV Bulk AS acquiring its first ship. At the same time the crewing operation started from Kaliningrad due to the exceptional quality of Russian seafarers. As HAV Bulk grew, and more and more seafarers were required, the company board also decided that the management itself could be operated from Kaliningrad, because a high quality management operation requires a staff of highly experienced sailors – both navigators and technicians. Thus, as a result, the representative office of HAV Ship Management NorRus AS was established in Kaliningrad a few years later.