Leadership Program

Back To

The Future

6 – 12 October

6-12 October

Welcome to the leadership program Back to the future!

Join us when the Norwegian maritime industry sets sail together for the future during the One Ocean Expedition.


We look forward to set sail with you.

Welcome aboard!


As a participant in the leadership program Back To The Future, you will develop as a person and leader through lessons, and practical training during the voyage. You will both expand your network and make new friends, whilst learning to sail a tall ship.

While we sail the ship together from Ishigaki to Manila, you will participate in a unique leadership development program, specially designed for this voyage by the professor and former navy officer, Olav Kjellevold Olsen.

Aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl, you will live and work together with other leaders and talents from the maritime sector. Through 5 days at sea, you will live, eat, work, discuss, and reflect together with exciting people from across the breadth of the maritime value chain. You will make new contacts, get new inspiration, and have innovative ideas on how you can help your company move forward in a time of great change.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Both for the people that participate on the ship and the companies they represent.

Join us when we gather the Norwegian maritime sector and set sail for the future together.

Don’t know who to send?

No problem! You can book tickets for your company today and name the participant later.

Who’s sailing with me?

Your fellow sailors for this voyage will be leaders and talent from the member companies of Maritime Bergen, Maritime Forum, Bergen Shipowners Association, and Norwegian Shipowners Association.

You don’t need any previous knowledge or sailing experience to participate in the voyage. The friendly and professional crew aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl will give you all the guidance and training you need.


Departure port: Ishigaki
The voyage starts in Ishigaki, Japan. Ishigaki is a small Japanese island outside Taiwan. Ishigaki is easily accessed with several daily flights from Tokyo.

Arrival port: Manila
From Ishigaki, we set sail towards The Philippines, and the west coast of the island Luzon, where we will make port in the capital, Manila.


6. SeptemberKick-off and seminar at Zoom with Professor Olav Kjellevold Olsen
5. OctoberArrival in Ishigaki, Japan
6. OctoberEmbarkment in Ishigaki between 19.00 and 21.00.
7. OctoberWe set sail from Ishigaki.
12. OctoberArrival in Manila
13. - 14. OctoberNorway-Philippines Maritime & Energy Conference in Manila, hosted by The Norwegian Shipowners Association and the Norwegian Embassy, with reception onboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Separate registration required. More info tba.)
24. - 28. OctoberDigital debriefing for each watch team with Professor Olav Kjellevold Olsen

You must arrive in Ishigaki no later than October. 6. You can travel home no earlier than October 13.


Price per participant: NOK 9.500, – inc. all meals aboard.

Travel to/from Ishigaki and Manila + the stay ashore is not included in the ticket. Participants must arrange this themselves.  The ticket price is partly covered by Bergen Shipowners Association and Norwegian Shipowners Association.

Who can join?

To join this voyage, your company must be a member of either:
Maritime Bergen, Maritime Forum, Bergen Shipowners Association, or Norwegian Shipowners Association.

One Ocean – Back To The Future aims to increase collaboration across the maritime business, create new ideas, inspire and give personal growth.

During the voyage, you will be part of a unique leadership development program, specially designed for this voyage by the professor and former navy officer, Olav Kjellevold Olsen.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been used to train leaders in the Norwegian Navy for decades and has proven to be an exceptionally efficient arena for leader development.

The leadership development program starts with a full-day seminar in Bergen in September. Here, you will be set tasks that you will have to bring back to your company as preparation for the learning activities aboard the ship.

Each watch team will have 1 hour of theoretical lessons each day aboard the ship. The learning points from the lessons will be put into action in the practical exercises during the sail watches every day.

During the sailing watches, we will also have talks, discussions, and coaching on deck.

The program is built around the different tasks and situations that will occur while we sail the ship. E.g., rig training, sail trimming, and mustering.

In addition to the ordinary watch teams, you will also be part of a smaller partner team of three. The partner teams will work extra closely, reflect, and discuss together, coach, and give each other feedback. The leader development program will start when we gather for our seminar in Bergen in September. Here, you will get to know your watch team and partner team and receive tasks that you will take back to your company/ organization prior to departure.

You will also have plenty of time to enjoy sailing on the open ocean and cultivate good conversations, away from all the everyday distractions.

About Olav

Olav Kjellevold Olsen (1968) is a professor in work- and organizational psychology at BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Bergen. Olav has over 27 years of an officer in the Norwegian army, whereas 14 of these as the headteacher in operational leadership at the Naval Academy.

Olav is among the most published researchers within operational psychology and leadership. He has extensive experience in leadership development and is one of Norway’s best leadership developers and coaches.

Olav was awarded the “Best Teacher Award” for 2021 at the University of Bergen.

Meals and special diets

All meals aboard the ship are included in the ticket: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some additional fruit and snacks.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl can facilitate special diets for those with food allergies and/or vegetarian/vegan diets. These must be specified upon booking.

We reserve the right that some requests will not be possible to comply with onboard a 108-year-old sailing ship.

Breakfast     07.20 – 08.30
Lunch           11.20 – 12.30
Dinner          17.20 – 18.30

In addition, there is a coffee break every day at 10.00 and 15.00.

Sailing watches

The sailing watch arrangement has long traditions and is the backbone for life aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl. All participants will be assigned to a watch team. This will happen already at our first gathering and seminar in Bergen before departure. You will be on watch for 4 hours during the day and 4 hours during the night. All tasks are performed under the guidance of professional sailors.

The watches are distributed thus:
Red watch           12-16 / 24-04
White watch        04-08 / 16-20
Blue watch          08-12 / 20-24

Apart from 1 hour of lectures every day, the remaining time between the watches is leisure time you can spend together with your sailing companions.


All participants are accommodated in the ship’s two banjers. Here you will sleep side by side in hammocks, as sailors have done for centuries. The hammocks are sturdy and comfortable and are equipped with matrasses (you must bring your own pillow).


Everyone who sails with Statsraad Lehmkuhl must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (2 primary doses and a booster shot, i.e. 3 doses).


If the voyage must cancel due to Covid-19, the ticket will be refunded in full.

If a participant cancels the trip themselves, e.g., due to illness, this becomes a travel insurance case that each participant must handle themselves in collaboration with their insurance company.

Older than 70 years?

If you are older than 70 years, you must submit a signed medical certificate before the voyage. This form will be sent out to anyone older than 70 years after booking.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Want to join?

Price and information

Pris per participant: NOK 9.500, – inc. all meals aboard.To join this voyage, your organization must be a member of either:
Maritime Bergen, Maritime Forum, Bergen Shipowners Association, or Norwegian Shipowners Association.

The One Ocean Expedition

In August 2021, the tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl embarked on a 20-month long circumnavigation of the globe – The One Ocean Expedition.

The goal is to create attention and share knowledge about the crucial role of the ocean for sustainable development from a global perspective.

The One Ocean Expedition is a part of the UNs decade of ocean science for sustainable development. Through the expedition, the 108-year-old sail ship has served as a floating university and training vessel. Here, business, academia, professionals, and trainees have come together in a unique arena for collaboration.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a symbol for, and an ambassador for a sustainable ocean. The expedition has received great international attention, and the ship has been visited by heads of state and diplomats from all the countries the ship has visited.

April 15, 2023, the ship returns to Norway and Bergen. This will mark the start of The One Ocean Week – a week filled with conferences, workshops, and activities related to maritime policy, marine research, and sustainable oceans.

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