Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at John Gjerde!




ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001

We are proud to announce that John Gjerde AS is certified 9001, 14001 and 45001 Management system.

Customers and employees are our main inspiration for continuous improvement and development.

We have therefore chosen to certify our production and management system

The process started in October 2019 and was finalized in January 2020.

This will strengthen our awareness of quality, HMS and environment.

“The process has been a positive influence on our colleagues and customers”
Øyvind Ask Technical Manager

Changes in ownership – John Gjerde AS

Mr. Roger Gjerde has through his company Johama AS sold 60% of the shares in the company John Gjerde As.

Buyers of the shares are Mr. Bjørnar Kleiven (CEO) and Mr. Maron Sandvik (EVP Operations).

Since 1976, Roger has played a critical role in the development and success of John Gjerde AS. in connection with the management buyout he said: “I strongly believe todays management in John Gjerde AS is fully capable to develop the company further and take it to the next level.”

The sale is done as part of a long-term exit strategy, in which selling shares to the management of the company is one element – “management buyout”.

John Gjerde As is a supplier of tank ventilation equipment and innovative solutions for the global maritime industry. We are a part of the Norwegian maritime cluster with our main office in Gjerdsvika. The company has its own production facility in Lativa – Saldus Welding LLC.

From left to right: Roger Gjerde, Bjørnar Kleiven and Maron Sandvik.

Our new CEO

We’re pleased to announce that we have appointed Bjørnar Kleiven as John Gjerde’s new CEO, effective immediately.

With Bjørnar’s appointment, the team is strengthened and we feel we are ready to take on any future possibilities and challenges. We couldn’t be happier with Bjørnar joining our family; Helping us and our customers achieve continued success.

Bjørnar brings decades of experience to the company. Previously, Bjørnar was Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Seafood, Manager at Nordea Fosnavåg and Chief Executive Officer of Westfish-Aarsæther.

“I’m extremely excited to be leading John Gjerde and to use my experience to drive our strategic direction, and ultimately our growth strategy.” said Kleiven. “Importantly, I’m committed to building on the work that has previously been done to deliver exciting opportunities for our staff and superior solutions for our customers.”

Please join us in congratulating Bjørnar and welcoming him to his new leadership role.

CEO retirement announcement

We have recently announced the retirement of our Chief Executive Officer, Roger Gjerde, effective June, 2018. Roger has served at John Gjerde throughout his career of 42 years.

Since 1976, Roger has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss him and his leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his retirement and his new ventures. We want to thank him for the years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments.

Roger Gjerde, CEO, said: “I have had the pleasure of knowing many excellent co-workers, suppliers and customers, many of whom I still maintain great relationships with after so many years. I wish to thank all those I have met on my way, who have enriched my life.”

We have searched diligently to find the best qualified candidate to succeed Roger, and we are pleased to announce Bjørnar Kleiven as our next CEO.

Please join us in thanking Roger for his leadership at John Gjerde, and do take the time to congratulate him on his accomplishments and upcoming retirement.

– Roger’s colleagues at John Gjerde

Update: Technical Documentation & Spare Parts

You can now find relevant technical documentation and spare part lists to our website.

You can find the relevant information in the menu, or by clicking on one of the following links:

Technical Documention Spare Parts

HIDE quality pays off!

Did you know that the unique HIDE winterization solution appears as the most economical in the market? The 80% savings during installation pays for the entire shipset. In addition, 80% Fuel and NOX savings also pays for the entire shipset one more time after only one year in operation.

This position the HIDE quality valves as the most economical and green air vent check valves in the market.

The unique savings is due to a self-regulating heating element, that is optimal located, spending only the necessary power to ensure function. The solution require 95% less cables, 95% less MCB, and 45kw less generator effect for a shipset of 80 valves.

You’re welcome to visit us at SMM booth B7.335!

For more information about HIDE, click here

Check out our new brochure

We will participate at SMM Hamburg

John Gjerde will participate at SMM Hamburg.

You’re welcome to visit us at Stand B7.335!

Predicts new market boost in interview with NRK

He lives colse to Stadtlandet and knows what it’s like to be in rough weather.
– Our current situation will turn, we just need to keep going. I think that the next market boost will be even better than the one we expected in 2008, he says.

In the small community that recides in Gjerdsvika, Roger has a direct view into the harsh conditions of Stadthavet. In these hard conditions, and with just under 400 inhabitants he has built his company providing special air check valves for the maritime industry. Roger is confident that he makes the best valves in the industry.

– They work exactly as your mouth when you swim. You close it when you dive into the water, and you open it when you reach the surface for more air, he says.

The knowledge about making air check valves for ships that repeatedly get water on deck is built up through 45 years of experience, and the storm of the current market does not scare him.

– I said it in 2008, that it will be an amazing ride when the market turns. The predictions in 2008 quickly became reality, and next time, it will be even better.

Read the full interview with Roger here. The interview is in norwegian.