Into the shipbuilding industry during the war
During the 1930s the Nazi takeover of power was reflected in merchant mariners experiences of German ports and with the outbreak of war in 1939 there followed blockades, mines and torpedo attacks and the loss of thousands of civilian sailors lives. Sweden is closed in but a limited Swedish boat traffic was granted safe conduct for domestic provisions.
But in the winter of 1941-42 Sven Salén is compelled to completely discontinue traffic due to the danger of mines. Despite the fact that the second world war initiated completely new rules for shipping companies’ operations, Sven Salén succeeded in strengthening his economic position during the war, amongst other things, by the acquisition of Ekensberg’s shipyard.