I wasn’t going to add anything more here, after your bad mannered post earlier, but since you so kindly (for you) invited me to do so, how could I decline?
First of all; I don’t have any reasons to want US Mariners, USMM or anything else US any ill, nor do I bear any grouches, or suffer any inferiority complexes because of some incident(s) in the past.
I have worked for, or with, dozens of American companies and with thousands of Americans of all stripes (as well as other nationalities) in my 40+ year career in the Offshore Marine business worldwide. In my line of work as Freelance Marine Consultant/Surveyor/Adviser/Manager, or as Rigmover/Towmaster/Loadmaster, nationality is NOT the main criteria for judging anything or anybody.
Let me just restate; nationality is NOT a maritime qualification, nor do I believe that any one nationality (Norwegian or American incl.) has any advantage over others in their seamanship ability.
As to the idea that the US, or anybody, could or should be able to dictate how world trade and international shipping is conducted. That is the business of WTO and IMO to determine, after a consensus between involved nations. The days when the Europeans and Americans could dictate is long gone.
Today China is the world’s largest trading nation, with India being the fastest growing major economy, with several other developing countries also catching up and want a say so in how world trade, commerce and shipping is conducted.
Besides; which major trading nation has a fleet capable of carrying even 50% of their trade on ships under their own flag, manned by their own nationals, not to mention built at national yards? China would be the one that come closes. but they do not have any intention to do so by unilateral decree. (In free competition, yes they would like to)
As to whether there are any Norwegians that harbour ideas similar to yours when it come to who should man the ships under Norwegian flag? Oh yes there are plenty, but it is very little realistic that it could ever be the case again. Would the same people accept ITF wages to compete with East Europeans and Filipinos? No they would not, nor is anybody asking them to. Even many ships in coastal trade are flying foreign flag, or are NIS registered and manned by mostly foreigners. (Norway does not have a cabotage law) Only vessels under NOR flag have some protection for Norwegians, or those carrying passengers in national waters but, since Norway is member of EEA, thus associated with EU, there are freedom of travel and labour for EU nationals. So EU nationals with the necessary qualifications according to STCW can get jobs on NOR flag ships at Norwegian wages, paying Norwegian tax and enjoying Norwegian benefits.
As to the need for ships and seafarers in case of war? Well, if there is a war between major power, like US, Russia or China, it would probably be over before you could get either the ships or the seafarers out of mothballs. The possibility that anybody would start such a war minimal. Since neither Putin or Xi Jiangpeng are suicidal, I don’t see them trying
For the proxy wars, war against terror and drugs, or whatever, the need for transportation can be covered by commercial shipping a lot cheaper, safer and more efficiently then to keep a fleet of old, inefficient and obsolete ships in semi-cold layup.
VLGCs and VLCCs have little strategic importance in that respect.
As I have said before, the only way to keep a viable national fleet is to keep them active. (The same goes for seafarers)
That can only be done by being commercially competitive in world trade.Look at how that can be done, not by trying to force shippers to pay a premium for the privilege of shipping their commodities on your ships.
OK, now back to you, but please try to keep it civilised this time.