In 2000, Smith-Kielland was asked by NYK to run yet another company, Saga Forest Carriers Intl AS (Saga FC). Saga FC is a global shipping company that transports pulp, forest products, breakbulk and bulk cargoes. The company’s head office was in Atlanta at that time. Once again Smith-Kielland accepted NYK’s request, and the company’s head office was moved to Tonsberg.

In 2000, Hesnes merged with Neptun, and the Hesnes Neptun Group (HNG) was established. Included in this deal was Buksér og Berging (BB). BB is a market leader in providing specialized towage vessels for the marine, oil and gas industries.