Autonomous Ships & Sustainable Technology
The Maritime Industry
In this issue, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Monika Mæland, gives her view on the opportunities within the ocean industry. Important industry organisations are presented with information about their work and expertise. Over fi ve articles, topics currently central to the Norwegian maritime industry are discussed in depth. This issue’s topics include autonomous ships, hydrogen as alternative green fuel, electric passenger ferries, the work to clean the oceans of plastics and the enter of drones into offshore maintenance. In the second half of this issue, you will find information about Norwegian companies that offer their products and services on the global market.
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The Oceans will be essential for future global growth and prosperity. To make the most of this Blue Economy potential, we need new green technologies and shrewd innovations. We are well underway: New and exciting technologies– such as battery, hydrogen, automation – are paving the way for a sustainable, more blue and greener future.
There is a growing global recognition that
the ocean will be a significant contributor
to future prosperity and growth. In fact,
the OECD estimates that ocean-based
industries could double their contribution
to the global economy by 2030. Yet our
oceans are under much pressure: from
climate change, overfishing and pollution.
It follows that making the most of the
blue potential requires that we manage to
harvest its resources sustainably.
New technologies and closer collaboration across sectors is essential, to bringing about a future that is both green and blue. With our recently-launched Ocean Strategy, we aim to provide the best possible framework and conditions for our ocean industries to exploit this potential.
Currently, ocean-based industries represent about 70 per cent of our export income. It goes without saying that the oceans are very important to our country; with fisheries, the petroleum and the maritime industries being the bulwark of our ocean economy. Over the past few decades, we have seen increasing overlaps between these traditional ocean sectors - with a new wave of technological innovation and knowledge transfers. This development has contributed to the emergence of new ocean-based sectors - such as seabed mining, offshore wind and offshore ocean farming.
For instance, the offshore energy sector provides much of the technology needed for the development of tomorrow’s offshore fish farming. Ocean Farm 1 – the world’s first offshore fish farm – may represent the first step towards a new era in aquaculture. Based on Norwegian aquaculture and offshore technology, Ocean Farm 1 aspires to address central issues related to sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry.
Experience and knowledge from the maritime industry help foster growth through more automation and digitalisation. As seen in Trondheim, where the Kongsberg Group has begun sea trials in the world’s first designated testing site for autonomous ships. The YARA Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. Ampere is the world’s first electric-powered car ferry and generates zero emissions and minimum sound. I am certain that more will follow. The examples are abundant, and the prospects are high.
Since 1957 the issuers of this publication – Norway Exports – have done a remarkable job of showing a global audience that some of the best technologies in the world, are made in Norway. The focus in this edition of Norway Exports is innovation and new technologies. It certainly is a most welcome topic, and I hope you will fi nd topics that will inspire you to reach out to a Norwegian technology provider to learn more.
Thank you for your interest and enjoy the read!
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is responsible for designing industrial and seafood policy with an eye to the future.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is responsible for policy in the following areas:
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Fisheries is responsible for designing
industrial and seafood policy with an
eye to the future. This includes
involvement in any policy area that
affects value creation.
The collective value creation nationwide is what determines prosperity and well-being in Norway. The objective of the Government’s industrial and seafood policy, therefore, is to maximize value creation in the Norwegian economy.
The Ministry designs and creates
a framework for and administers
policy regarding Norwegian business
activities – as well as other industrial
and seafood policy instruments and
policy for the shipping industry. The
Ministry promotes trade, research,
innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. In
addition, the Ministry of Trade, Industry
and Fisheries aids in coordinating the
efforts of the various ministries in order
to ensure a sound, unified, futureoriented
industrial and seafood policy.
The Ministry serves as secretariat for the Minister of Trade and Industry and the Minister of Fisheries, a task which involves providing expert advice to the cabinet minister and Government in the sphere of industrial and seafood policy, as well as aiding in the drawing up of documents to the Storting.
Opportunities within maritime are as deep and diverse as the oceans themselves, but the challenges of navigating a sector in transition are considerable. Nor-Shipping 2019 is here to help – connecting stakeholders, highlighting potential, and providing a unique platform for supporting maritime and the developing ocean industries.
Nor-Shipping is the world’s leading maritime event week.
For one week every two years the global industry descends upon Nor- Shipping’s exhibition halls in Lillestrøm and across a series of social and business venues throughout nearby Oslo. Every segment within the maritime value chain is represented and championed – with established players mixing with next generation technology innovators to do business, network, and chart the way forward for this most dynamic of industries.
Nor-Shipping focuses on realising the potential inherent in a gathering of this magnitude. By providing an optimal business environment, both physically and digitally, the event week helps cultivate new ideas, insights and partnerships, ensuring that all participants gain real value from a unique experience.
It’s here to serve, support and enable success in the maritime and ocean industries. This is the very essence of Nor-Shipping.
Maritime is changing. Driven by digitalisation, new technology and a need to create a truly sustainable sector, businesses are assessing the ocean with a new vision.
Activities such as deep-sea mining, offshore aquaculture, offshore wind, biofuel creation, data capture (below, at and above sea level), drone utilisation, and harvesting new food sources are growing fast, while shipping itself is evolving with electric ships, hydrogen fuels, green technology and the gradual move towards autonomous vessels.
Ideas are everywhere, but to realise their potential businesses have to tap into established ocean expertise – learning from the players who have already ‘been there, done that’ and built enduringly successful companies.
The firms that open their doors to new partners and knowledge transfer will be the ones that prosper. And Nor-Shipping’s objective is to serve and support the industry to this end, bringing people together for mutual, long-lasting benefits.
Nor-Shipping 2019 will deliver added value for exhibitors and delegates alike.
The halls and programme will be tailored to provide something for everyone, ensuring that traditionally strong Norwegian segments, such as maritime research and development, finance, law, and shipbuilding, are represented, while international manufacturers and service providers have the ideal arena to showcase expertise and win new customers.
Alongside creating business connections, Nor-Shipping also works to build bridges between the generations. For maritime to pave the way forwards to a sustainable future it has to increase its visibility as a valid, and exciting, career path.
2019 will see a new set of initiatives aimed at attracting the best young talent to the industry, while strengthening bonds between the academic and business worlds. To reap the biggest rewards, maritime has to be inclusive, opening up to new generations whilst spanning cultural and gender divides, thus gaining the greatest variety of insights and perspectives. Nor-Shipping has a crucial role to play in this process.
Although Nor-Shipping is once every two years, the event week has, and will increase, its on-going influence at all times. The brand is strong and has genuine international impact – allowing access to the Norwegian (and Nordic) marketplace and expertise, while providing a powerful business platform for industry actors worldwide.
The team plans to extend its reach even further outside the scheduled week and deliver added value throughout the year. This will see the launch of fresh activity, mirroring the opportunities opening up in our oceans, and, for the first time ever, Nor-Shipping initiatives will also take place outside of Norway.
The journey into the future of maritime has already begun. Nor-Shipping 2019 will help the entire industry chart the most profi table, future-oriented and sustainable pathway forwards.
Save the date: Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place from 04-07 June.
For many generations the Maritime Cluster in Møre has been a pioneer in technology development and operations at sea. It began with the development of a modern fishing fleet, then came the activities connected to offshore oil and gas. As the cluster now ventures into the era of digital connectivity, a new chapter is added to our history.
Most of Norway’s strength in the field of advanced marine operations is concentrated within an hour’s drive from the picturesque town of Ålesund on the country’s west coast. The region is home to an impressive constellation of over 220 leading maritime companies and training, research and finance institutions that form one of very few complete maritime clusters in the world.
Due to its leading position and its strong global presence, the cluster was awarded the prestigious status as Global Centre of Expertise (GCE) by the Norwegian government. GCE is the top level in the Norwegian cluster program and a national status awarded by the government to the most global and rapidly growing industry clusters.
The cluster operates globally and its companies and products are known world-wide. While most of the companies of the cluster are home-bread, an increasing number of major international players, such as Rolls-Royce Marine, Inmarsat, VARD Fincantieri or Bourbon, are seeking their place in the cluster.
The cluster’s winning mix is a high pace of innovation, prototype orientation, competition, informal communication, cooperation, and unique know-how within the field of advanced marine operations for the global ocean industry.
A consortium led by GCE Blue Maritime, The Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Maritime Authority have signed an agreement paving the way for Storfjorden and its associated side fjords to become a test site for the remotely controlled, autonomous ships of the future. Storfjorden is ideally situated in close proximity to no less than 14 shipyards and 20 shipping companies, several of which already use this area to conduct pre-commissioning trials for their newly built vessels.
Per Erik Dalen, CEO of GCE Blue Maritime states that: “The area is important for national and international enterprises that are at the forefront of maritime and marine technology development and need somewhere to perform full-scale pilot testing.”
The amount and variety of sea-going traffic makes it an excellent place to test how new technologies perform under real-life conditions. In addition, a number of sensors have recently been installed to measure winds and sea currents in the test area.
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The Maritime Department of the Federation of Norwegian Industries represents Norwegian shipyards, equipment manufacturers and ship-design companies. The Department ensures political power and credibility for the strategic maritime industry both domestic and abroad.
The Maritime Department of the
Federation of Norwegian Industries
interacts with the authorities, financial
institutions, other maritime associations,
schools and universities as well as
companies and R&D institutions at
home and abroad.
Through SEA Europe, the common European lobby-organization in Brussels, the Department cooperates with other European organizations and associations in matters of interest for its member companies.
Norwegians have through generations
worked and harvested the oceans
fostering a world leading cluster of
maritime companies that deliver highclass
shipping services globally, new and
innovative ships, leading technological,
legal and financial services and world
class maritime equipment.
Norwegian maritime equipment suppliers operate on global markets where 90 percent of their products and services are being sold. The industry is projected to increase its part of Norway’s industrial output as Norwegian companies develop environmental friendly solutions and equipment to national and international buyers. Replacement and aftermarket services are equally important market segments as shipowners turn “green” and seek technological upgrades and more environmental friendly technology for their ships.
Norway’s history of innovative ship design
is coupled with a drive to deliver high
quality products and a constant need for
improved efficiency to remain competitive.
Innovation, research and other creative
activities are the main basis for the
industry’s long-term competitiveness.
The Norwegian Maritime Industry is a major player in the rapid technological integration of the Ocean Industries. Maritime technologies and solutions are key to offshore exploration, to ocean wind projects and installations, and to secure a successful implementation and operations of new aquaculture technology in more exposed areas. Products from Norwegian equipment manufacturers are often described as being made for extreme conditions, whether that is the weather in the Arctic or ruggedly made to withstand the challenges of deep-sea subsea work.
The Norwegian maritime industry is rapidly
introducing new environmental friendly
solutions to national and international ocean
industries. Core values are functionality,
reliability and customer service of the
highest standard. Norwegian shipyards and
ship designers are strong within several
sectors for specialized vessels, i.e. offshore
vessels, support vessels for wind-farms
as well as coastal liners, ferries, fishing
vessels and a range of service boats for the
Environmental responsibility is given crucial priority in order to prevent pollution and to design equipment and vessels that are fueleffi cient. LNG, hybrid and electric solutions are key technologies Norwegian maritime equipment suppliers offer to the market.
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The NHO - Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise - is the main business and employers organization in Norway with a current membership of 25,000 companies ranging from small family-owned businesses to multinational enterprises. A half million people work in those companies. As a member in NHO you will have access to a unique network and influence decision making. NHO offers amongst other special deals for members in legal aid, counselling, pension scheme, statistics and analysis.
In addition to the central organization
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responsibility for members’ interests,
members also belong to one of 20
nationwide sectoral federations and one
of 15 regional associations. The sectoral
federations represent branch-related
interests while the regional associations
offer a local point of contact between
companies and authorities.
NHO policies and priorities are decided by an executive council made up of 46 elected representatives from member companies. A ten member NHO Board chaired by the President makes decisions on policy issues with delegated authority from the executive council. A Director General is responsible for day-to-day operations in the administration.
NHO´s mission is to work in the best
interests of their member companies in a
way that also benefits society. Profitable
companies create jobs and economic
growth and contribute to the financing of
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Norway has progressed rapidly in
autonomous shipping with both the
number of test beds for new driverless
concepts and the scale of projects. Since
the start of the Norwegian Forum for
Autonomous Shipping (NFAS) last year,
the number of members has grown to 50
companies, organisations and universities
participating in up to 10 autonomous
shipping projects. The largest of these
could be Yara’s battery driven container
feeder Yara Birkeland, which could set a
huge milestone as the world’s first fully
electric and autonomous container ship.
“I would claim that it started with MUNIN,” says Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean senior researcher and NFAS manager. “In 2012, nobody believed in this, but suddenly it exploded.”
SINTEF Ocean (then Marintek) was
technical advisor for the EU project MUNIN,
a three-year concept study for unmanned
bulk shipping from 2012-2015. The aim
of the project was to study an unmanned
Handymax bulk carrier concept. Others,
such as classification company DNV GL,
have simultaneously developed its own
autonomous cargo concept called ReVolt.
ReVolt is based on a 60-metre fully electric unmanned shortsea vessel with a cargo capacity of 100 twenty-foot containers. A small-scale model is currently being used by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to test different technologies related to autonomous shipping under the research programme AUTOSEA, together with Kongsberg Maritime and Maritime Robotics.
As part of another pilot project, Norwegian industrial group Kongsberg, Risavika Harbour in western Norway, shipowner Seatrans, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and DNV GL are developing a battery driven container feeder concept for shuttling goods autonomously without crew from Stavanger to Bergen. The pilot is part of phase two of the DNV GL-led initiative Green Coastal Shipping Programme, which aims to reduce the volume of goods transported by road and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara has similar goals with its unmanned vessel. Planned for operation by 2020, the Yara Birkeland could be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous ship. The batterypowered container ship will reduce NOx and CO2 emissions and remove 40,000 containers from the roads by shipping from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to the ports of Brevik and Larvik. The company calls Yara Birkeland a “game changer” for global maritime transport that meets the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The environment has been a driving force for
autonomous shipping in the wake of the Paris
Climate Agreement, increasing sulphur cap
regulations for global shipping, and the UN
SDGs. Although not regulated by the Paris
deal, the Norwegian maritime industry has
taken significant steps towards becoming
greener. Most recently, the Norwegian
Shipowners’ Association announced plans
last June to cut emissions in half by 2050,
and become carbon emissions free by 2100
to help reach the SDGs.
Another key factor is the commercial aspect, says Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, DNV GL programme director for maritime group technology & research. Drone ships can be built smaller because there is less need for worker space, saving construction and operational costs. Smaller ships also mean more energy efficiency operations and lower fuel consumption and emissions from reduced speed.
“The main cost saving is most likely the savings on crew costs,” says Vartdal.
One emerging trend has been that producers, rather than shipowners, are coming up with their own shipping concepts to reduce their carbon footprint. Yara took the initiative with Yara Birkeland. Rashpal Bhatti, BHP vice president freight, announced last May that the Australian miner has similar plans to use autonomous vessels carrying BHP cargo powered by BHP gas. “It is an example of disruptive technology when you see you can build differently,” says Rødseth. “It’s not the shipowners, but other parties that drive and develop new business models for transport. This hasn’t been done before. It’s not a revolution, but it represents a new way of thinking.”
The next sizeable, unmanned vessel
could be Hrönn, a fully automated vessel
for offshore operations being built by
Fjellstrand for the UK’s Automated Ships
Ltd and Kongsberg Maritime for delivery by
2019. The light-duty offshore utility ship will
be used for the offshore energy, scientific,
hydrograph and offshore fish farming
industries. The vessel could be tested in
the Trondheim fjord, one of two test beds
in Norway for autonomous shipping that
now includes the recently added area of
Grenland off the coast of eastern Norway.
Both the Yara Birkeland and Hrönn represent a scaling up of the size of autonomous ships. Previously, the Trondheim fjord has been used to test smaller boats, such as Maritime Robotics’ small unmanned-surface vessels and a scale version of a passenger ferry called Milli Ampere developed by NTNU.
As of May, the Trondheim fjord has opened for the two-year study ASTAT (Autonomous Ship Transport at the Trondheim fjord) that will develop concepts for larger bulk and break bulk transport concepts that can replace truck transport. One test with the Norwegian forestry company Allskog will focus on transporting lumber in the region.
ASTAT is the one of the latest new projects by members of NFAS. The other current projects include Yara Birkeland, test area the Trondheim fjord, test area Grenland, NTNU AMOS Centre of Excellence Research Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA), AUTOSEA sensor fusion and collision avoidance for advanced ships, and ENABLE*3 shore-based bridge concept.
Norway’s NAVTOR is the only Norwegian industrial partner in the EU project ENBABLE*3 and owner of the maritime demonstrator. The project will look to the automotive industry for inspiration and test the software element of a remote bridge concept based on continuous data sharing between vessels and shore.
Shipowners have long been looking
to alternative fuels, heavy fuel oil and
marine diesel to limit local pollution and
greenhouse gas emissions, such as
liquefi ed Natural Gas (LNG). The greener
fuel has been used for LNG carriers since
the 1960s, but the first LNG-powered
vessel was Norway’s Glutra in 2000.
Since then, the country has become the largest utilizer of LNG as an alternative maritime fuel with 70% of the world’s LNG powered fleet. The benefi ts are lower SOx, CO2 and NOx emissions. But the industry has increasingly cast its net wider into many types of greener alternatives, such as electricity, bio-diesel, methanol, and hydrogen.
“For the first time in 100 years we see that shipowners have to relate to many fuels,” says Narve Mjøs, DNV GL director for Green Coastal Shipping Programme. “There is no silver bullet that applies to all trades.”
Created in 2015 as public-private initiative,
the Green Coastal Shipping Programme
is now in its second phase of fast tracking
environmentally friendly maritime projects.
For the first time, the programme has
tested hydrogen as a maritime fuel under
the project GKP7H2.
Norwegian shipyards, Brødrene Aa and Mancraft have together developed a light weight 30-meter long high speed passenger ferry concept suitable for transporting up to 100 commuters between the local municipality centres Florø and Maaløy on Norway´s west coast. The goal of the pilot project is to have a hydrogen-powered ferry using locally sourced hydrogen in operation by 2021.
There are many advantages to using hydrogen and fuel cells to power a ship. The only by-product is pure water, it operates silently, and there are zero emissions. If produced using renewable energy, such as wind solar or hydropower, or natural gas with carbon capture and storage, hydrogen would rank among the most environmentally alternative ship fuel, according to the classification company DNV GL.
However, hydrogen is highly combustible and its safety related properties are different from other fuels. Therefore, extensive safety and qualifi cation analyses are required before a hydrogen ship can be approved according to the regulative framework set out by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The key issue is to demonstrate that hydrogen is as safe as its conventional alternatives.
“Cost is a big issue with hydrogen, but hopefully we will get the same effect with the automotive industry as we get from batteries,” says Mjøs. “With large scale production, we will be able to get the price down. In an environmental context, both growing surplus of renewable energy and planned large scale production from natural gas with carbon capture and storage are expected to make hydrogen more popular.”
There are currently some class rules for fuel cells, but not for on board storage of hydrogen and loading procedures. Together with the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and other key players, DNV GL is working to provide input to the regulations after testing hypothesis for requirements. DNV GL is therefore launching a Maritime Safety Joint Development project.
“Hydrogen is very new,” said Mjøs. “One of the biggest barriers is the need for effective hydrogen specific rules.”
Fiskerstrand Shipyard has launched a
project to build the world’s first hydrogenpowered
ferry under the Norwegian
innovation project HYBRIDShip. The
project received research funding from
the PILOT-E scheme to have a hybridpowered
ferry using battery and hydrogen
technology. It is expected to be operating
by 2020. The project will also potentially
pave the way for bringing forward the
authority’s approval process for using
hydrogen as fuel in maritime transport.
“It is positive that the NMA now is increasingly getting involved in innovative projects at an early stage,” says Olav Akselsen, NMA director general of Shipping and Navigation. “This means that we are better prepared in cases where the new technology is not covered by current regulations.”
The HYBRIDShip project was formally launched in January 2017. In the first phase of the project, the partners will focus on the technical and regulatory requirements, testing of fuel cells under marine conditions, and develop procedures for filling and operating with hydrogen. The second phase of the project will focus on converting the selected ferry, as well as testing, piloting and operating it.
The hope is that the project will not only develop the pilot vessel, but also build a specification foundation that can be applied towards other types of hydrogenpowered hybrid ships for other industries, such as aquaculture, fishing, offshore industry and short sea shipping. The Norwegian partners in the HYBRIDShip project include the NMA, Multi Maritime, SINTEF Foundation, NEL, Hexagon Raufoss, DNV GL, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and the Møre and Romsdal County Authority.
As part of another recent breakthrough,
the Norwegian Public Roads Administration
(NPRA) announced last August plans to
contract a hydrogen-powered ferry to
connect three coastal towns offshore
Stavanger. The development contract is
similar to the one that made the world’s first
electric passenger and car ferry Ampere
offshore Bergen a reality in 2015.
“It’s a particularly important project due to its authority backing and funding,” says Gerd Petra Haugom, a DNV GL principal consultant specializing in hydrogen.
The contract calls for 10-years of zeroemission operation that will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 4,000 tons per year. It is one of 11 zero-emission and low emission maritime contracts that combined could reduce CO2 by 30,000 tons annually, equal to the emissions of about 15,000 cars. The hydrogen ferry will also push the envelope for developing other types of zero emission vessels.
“If we succeed with the hydrogen-powered ferry, this will also have a transfer value for other sectors of the maritime industry which need longer distances than electric power alone can provide, for example fast ferries and other coastal traffic,” says Terje Moe Gustavsen, NPRA managing director.
Nearly 30 years ago, Bellona founder
Frederic Hauge made history buying the
country’s first electric car, a converted Fiat.
The Norwegian environmentalist followed
up by importing the first Tesla Roadster in
2009 into Norway and the first Tesla Model
S in Europe in 2013.
His purchases were part of an important step towards electrifying Norwegian society. The Norwegian maritime industry is hoping to do the same with sea travel tourism. It pioneered the green shipping wave with the debut of the electric car and passenger ferry Ampere in 2014-- dubbed by some as the “Tesla of the Sea” -- and has launched a wave of new hybrid and fully electric ferry concepts.
“The speed of the electric revolution at sea will be very fast,” says Hauge, aboard the hybrid sightseeing ferry Vision of the Fjord while docked in Oslo last June for the Nor Shipping Conference, “Sailing is believing.”
Hauge made the statement in connection
with Norwegian shipyard Brødrene Aa’s
announcement to build a fully electric
vessel, Future of the Fjord, for the fleet
operator, The Fjords. Set for sail in April
2018, it will be a fully electric composite
vessel, taking The Fjord’s sister vessel
Vision of the Fjord one step further. The
42-metre long carbon fiber ferry will
feature the same panoramic views along
its winding mountain trail deck as its
predecessor, but this time be fully electric
and emission free.
“This new craft is a different beast,” says Rolf Sandvik, The Fjords chief executive. “Vision of the Fjords switches from diesel to electric power when entering the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord. It represents an important step forward on our journey to transform tourism in this delicate natural wonderland. This new ship is, quite simply, our dream come true.“
The Future of the Fjord marks the first of its kind and is a milestone in the Norwegian research initiative Pilot-E launched last year with Innovation Norway, Enova, and the Research Council of Norway. Pilot-E started as a NOK 70 million fund for fast-track environmentally friendly projects within maritime transport. Future of the Fjord was part of the first fi ve selected projects, receiving NOK 17.8 million from the Norwegian organization Enova towards its total NOK 144 million project cost.
“This is a big and important leap forward in the ongoing maritime battery revolution, with The Fjords now taking us one step closer to an emission-free transport sector,” says Petter Hersleth, Enova marketing manager. “We believe that Future of the Fjords will help inspire the travel industry to adopt battery-powered vessels faster, both here in Norway and abroad.”
The trend towards greener ship tourism
is already being seen among the larger
Norwegian cruise ship operators, such
as Color Line. Norwegian shipyard
Ulstein is currently building the world’s
largest hybrid ferry ship Color Hybrid
for delivery in 2019. Designed by Fosen
Yard, the 30,000 gross ton hybrid
plug-in ferry will be able to shuttle up
to 2,000 passengers from Sandefjord,
Norway across the Skagerrak strait to
The large 160-metre long hybrid craft has already attracted international acclaim and earned Nor Shipping’s Next Generation Award, even before it hits the seas. The jury highlighted the ship’s ability to influence the design of many more types of vessels, along with its waste heat recovery system and further energy saving measures. The ferry will recharge with renewable electricity from landing stations at Sandefjord.
“The impact of shipping emissions on health are seen as tarnishing the image of the whole industry,” says Malcolm Latarche, chairman of the judging panel. “By installing a hybrid propulsion system on this vessel, it will be able to enter ports without any emissions and with much less noise than conventional vessels. This is something all vessel types can seek to emulate, making this vessel an ideal candidate for the Next Generation Award.”
Further north, another hybrid tourist
vessel, the MS Roald Amundsen, will
debut next year with an expedition to the
pristine destination of Antarctica. Norway’s
Kleven Yards has started construction of a
140-metre long hybrid ship with reinforced
hull for icy passages – touted as the world’s
greenest cruise ship -- for expedition ship
Named after the famous Norwegian polar explorer, the Roald Amundsen will be the first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology, thus reducing fuel consumption and enabling for periods of completely emission free sailing. The technology, in combination with efficiency hull design and use of electricity on board, will cut ship emissions by 20%.
A second vessel, named after the country’s other famous explorer, Fridtjof Nansen, will be delivered in 2019. In total, the two new ships will have a reduced CO2 emission of 6,400 metric tons per year compared to traditional ships, equivalent to the yearly emissions created by 5,540 new cars.
Hurtigruten also recently started operating a unique silent whale safari using a hybrid electric oak schooner called Opal in Kaldfjorden near Tromsø. In addition to reducing the ship’s greenhouse gas emissions, the converted two-mast topsail ship from 1952 is able to sail quietly through the spectacular fjord filled with orca and humpback whales.
“We believe Hurtigruten is the perfect match for the fast growing global demand for sustainable adventure travel,” says Daniel Sjeldam, Hurtigruten´s chief executive, at the construction start ceremony for the MS Roald Amundsen in February. “This is the future. It’s exploring, not cruising.”
In February 2017, a sick Cuvier beaked whale was found beached on the shores in western Norway. Inside, scientists from the University of Bergen discovered around 30 plastic bags in its belly, sparking public awareness of the growing problem with plastics at sea. The incident could not have been better timed. The Norwegian government was in the midst of a widespread campaign to promote the country’s ocean interests. For the first time, Norway has included plastics in a government statement on the role of the oceans in its foreign and development policy. As part of the initiative, the government has set aside NOK 100 million for a development program to combat marine litter and micro-plastics. “Through this statement, we want to be a champion of the ocean, both for pollution and the sustainable use of it,” says Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) annual Maritime Outlook conference last March (2017).
The prime minister was speaking in
connection with the release of a NSA
commissioned report called “Sustainable
Development Goals: Exploring Maritime
Opportunities” written by the classification
company DNV GL. The report
recommends five ways for the maritime industry to seize the opportunities
of the 17 United Nation’ Sustainable
Development Goals or, as DNV GL
sustainability director Bjørn Haugland calls
them, the “17 innovation platforms.”
These include acting on the Paris
Climate Agreement, building sustainable
communities and infrastructure, protecting
life in the ocean, creating a sustainable
future for the ocean economy, and
promoting responsible practices.
One of the biggest threats to life in the ocean is plastic waste. According to the 2016 World Economic Forum publication, “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics” eight million tons of plastics leak into the oceans annually. That has led to more than 150 million tons of plastic at sea, mostly from plastic packaging. Left unchecked, the amount of plastic could reach one ton for every three tons of fish by 2025 and potentially outnumber fish by weight by 2050.
The Norwegian Environmental Association believes part of the answer lies in using the country’s offshore vessels in dry dock for cleaning up the seas. As of February 2017, 158 ships and 25 mobile offshore units belonging to NSA members were in dry dock, an increase of 57 ships and nine units from the previous year. Norwegian shipowner Havila Shipping, for example, has offered up the platform supply vessel Havila Favour to help the Norwegian company Clean Coast in Vanylven chart and clean environmental waste along the coast of Norway.
Two Norwegian companies have taken the
concept further and proposed a concept
that can utilize the in-active supply vessels
to collect the floating plastic waste in deep
sea waters for conversion to energy. The
technology company Quantafuel and boom
system producer Norlense have teamed
up for a solution to collect plastic using offshore boat booms and then transform
the waste on board into synthetic diesel for
use as ship fuel and re-sale to land-based
Quantafuel has developed a unique catalyzer that turns plastic waste into synthetic diesel, which contains less greenhouse emissions than regular diesel. The company first uses traditional technology to convert several types of carbon resources, such as biomass, plastic and potentially even coal, into synthetic gas. Its catalyst then transforms the gas into synthetic diesel. The company has decided to start its commercial rollout with plastic because it is made of raw oil and very energy intensive, says Kjetil Bohn, Quantafuel managing director, during Enova’s conference in Trondheim last February. This means the plants can be smaller and less expensive. Another reason is the immense amount of plastic that is not recycled. According to Bohn, roughly 92% of the 300 million tons produced annually ends up in the dumps or in nature. “Plastic is a big problem with a big cost,” says Bohn. “So it is an especially nice thing to be able to present a solution for people dealing with plastic that can provide an income.”
Another healthy ocean initiative was recently launched by the environmental organization WWF Norway and Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke. As part of the agreement announced last May, Rosselini Four-10, a subsidiary of Røkke’s company The Resource Group, is developing a research and expedition vessel REV that will survey pollution and marine debris at the bottom of the oceans, as well as sea acidifi cation. The initiative aims to create concrete solutions that can turn the negative environment development in the oceans. The organization has already outlined plans for a new concept that collects plastic from the oceans with the goal of burning waste and marine debris collected at sea, including plastic on board. Each kilogram of waste burned in will become 110 kW of thermal power that will go into the ship’s hot water circuits, without emitting CO2. The Norwegian shipyard Vard will build the REV for delivery in 2020. The vessel is designed to sail all types of oceans, but will be particularly important for researching the remote polar areas of the Arctic and Antarctica. The advanced ship will boast a 40-seat auditorium and multiple labs. Up to 60 researchers from many fields will simultaneously be able to work on the marine challenges putting pressure on marine life, such as temperature changes, sea acidifi cation, overfishing, and marine debris. “Given the importance the ocean has for food, health, energy, the environment and climate, the ocean space is astonishingly under-explored,” says Jan Gunnar Winter, Norwegian Polar Institute director. “The world needs a large-scale knowledge acquisition in order to ensure a sustainable development securing both usage and protection.”
In 1995, Leif Johan Holand produced aerial
filming from helicopters for the Norwegian
TV, feature fi lm and advertising industry.
He started to see that drones were
increasingly taking a share of the market,
when one of his partners in Griff Aviation
asked him: why don’t we make one? So
Today his company is flying and testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that can fly loads of more than 200 kg for both military and civilian purposes, everything from flying for British troops in GPS blocked areas to more effective spraying of fungicides on banana plants in the plantations of South America round the clock.
“They saw how the banana flowers closed during hot periods of time,” said Holand. “Drones don’t know if it’s day or night. They said this will revolutionise the banana industry.”
Drones are used in many industries today.
Agriculture is one of the biggest markets,
according to Holand. His company also
services the government and energy
markets, such as wind turbines, oil and
gas installations, and power lines. The
Norwegian company recently scored a
contract to automatically de-ice the blades
on 1,000 windmills in Canada using a
tethered drone that cuts downtime.
However, Griff Aviation is garnering international attention because of its drones’ unparalleled payload capacity. In Japan, it will test the transport of 100-kilogram fish crates from small fishing boats over several kilometres to the local islands. Griff is also collaborating with Spain and Dubai on testing drones that can carry over 300 kilograms. One customer in the private security industry has even asked if it can arrange an emergency evacuation out of his home via drone.
“We always have these crazy ideas” said Holand.
Griff Aviation recently expanded into the maritime sector with a strategic research co-operation with the Northern Research Institute (NORUT) in Tromsø. Started this spring, Griff aims to test equipment on UAVs for high-tech landings on platforms. The company plans to build a new aerial production factory at Bardufoss, the site of Norway’s military airport, next year.
So far, maritime applications for drones
have been mostly restricted to hull
inspection and on-site draft surveys. This
has more to do with the regulations than
the technological limitations, according
to Marius Johansen, Wilhelmsen Ships
Agency vice president business solutions
and marketing. It is more difficult to get the
necessary permits to flying drones to boats,
which operate in different locations, and
especially in high-trafficked port areas near
Still, the Norwegian shipping company believes there is a growing potential with last minute deliveries of small parcels to vessels via drones. The company successfully tested delivery of a onekilogram package during Nor Shipping in Oslo this May together with a Norwegian drone operator and under the authorization of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority. The simulation demonstrated the delivery of a part for a broken pipe. The whole process took only one minute from mounting the package to drop off for the 500-metre flight.
Johansen foresees that the industry could save up to $575 billion from last mile deliveries of cash, medicines, documents, and spare parts to vessels using drones rather than launch boats. Nearly onethird of Wilhelmsen’s parcel deliveries involve packages weighing less than fi ve kilograms. Drones would not only save costs from not having to hire launch boats, but also avoid the safety concerns when personnel climb up from the launch boat to the vessel just to hand over the package.
“It’s basically inefficiency in the current market chain and the safety related risks are assumed higher using launch boats than using drones,” said Johansen.
Another trend in the maritime sector has
been the move from land-based surveys of
ships at yards to waters farther offshore.
This August, Norwegian company DNV GL
used camera-equipped drones to survey
semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia
in the North Sea for Statoil’s drilling
operations on the Oseberg East field.
The assignment marked the first offshore drone survey by a classification company. The drones braved wind speeds of approximately 15 knots under the main deck to check the condition of the fairleads and their connections to the columns that hold up the vessel, saving both time and money.
“Normally this kind of operation would cause disruption to our client for several days,” said Ian Young, Prosafe chief operating offi cer. “The drone survey took only a few hours and was just as effective.” DNV GL foresees drones will save operators significant costs related to the erection of staging and rafting (the process of filling a cargo tank with water to give the surveyor access by rubber boat). During its first production survey on chemical tanker MV Apollo in 2016, German shipowner Carl Büttner Ship Management saved 2-3 days – representing 14,000-28,000 – on inspecting 14 tanks.
“Imagine a tank of 30,000 cubic metres,” said Cezary Galinski, DNV GL project manager for maritime classification flying squad, based in Poland. “To fill it up and maintain various inspection levels leads to significant costs for pumping and discharge of water.”
Another plus from using drones is that there is no damage to the tank coating from staging, are more fl exible to use, and improve safety for surveyors. DNV GL is looking at building its own drones, preferably as small as possible. In the next few years, drones might be so small that they could fi t into a surveyor’s pocket, controlled via a cell phone, and taken out whenever areas are difficult to inspect.
“This is not very futuristic,” said Galinski. “We see more and more instances where it would be benefi cial for the surveyor. We have to stop thinking of drones as something complicated. It’s just another tool like a hammer or a flashlight.”
Ahlsell is the leading specialist technical
trading company in the Nordic countries
within the fields of installation products,
tools and machinery.
Ahlsell offers professional users a wide range of goods and peripheral services within the product segments of HVAC, Electrical and Tools & Machinery. Being one of the leading players within several product areas, Ahlsell offers a full range of products delivered to the right location, at the right time and at competitive prices. The wide product range offers Ahlsell’s customers the opportunity of only using one single point of contact and supplier in their business.
Having supplied the maritime and petroleum industry with materials since the start, Ahlsell’s long experience makes them an expert in their field. The company offers experienced and solution oriented sales assistance. Their wide competence and experience within the field is deployed in their recommendation of products for the maritime and offshore industry. In order to solve challenges and find new opportunities, Ahlsell constantly works to keep up to date with the latest developments in the market.
Ahlsell makes a safe and reliant partner, and customers get:
The shipyard Brødrene Aa has pioneered the development of fast ferries made of lightweight carbon fi bre composites. In 2001 the shipyard in Hyen built the world’s first carbon fi bre passenger boat. Since then, carbon fi bre vessels have gradually gained acceptance in the market, to the extent that Brødrene Aa has now supplied 56 of these boats to Norwegian and overseas customers. “When we launched the concept of lightweight, fuel-efficiency vessels made of carbon fi bre, there was a certain amount of scepticism in the market. Shipowners weren’t convinced by our promises of lower fuel consumption, and questioned the strength of the material. Today, more than ten years later, there is no longer any doubt about the properties of the material. We have supplied carbon fibre vessels to all of the big shipowning groups in Norway, and the first vessels have been operating smoothly for 15 years,” says Tor Øyvin Aa, Managing Director at Brødrene Aa.
The advantage of using carbon fiber is that
you reduce the structural weight of the
vessel by forty percent in comparison with
conventional aluminum structures. This
enables a positive lightweight cycle, where
reduced structural weight leads to reduced
power requirements which allow lighter
engines and smaller fuel tanks to be installed.
In total this gives very fuel efficiency vessels.
“In the Norwegian fast ferry market, fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions are key considerations. Ferry operators need efficiency and environmentally friendly vessels in order to win public tenders to operate routes. That is one of the main reasons why our carbon fi bre vessels have been so popular in the Norwegian market,” says Aa.
In recent years, there has also been growing
international interest for carbon fibre vessels.
Previously the shipyard delivered passenger
catamarans to Sweden and Croatia, and recently
two vessels have been delivered to China.
“We are experiencing increasing interest from overseas customers. Norway has traditionally been a pioneer in fast ferries, and the fact that our carbon fibre vessels have been accepted here gets noticed in international circles. We notice a general increase in new builds in the ferry industry and we are confident that there is a long-term future in the market,” says the company’s managing director.
Consilium has taken this to heart in all levels of
its business model; its promise to you is that
the company will act as one global team using
all its experience from over 100 years of doing
business. Important building blocks of knowledge
are shared between the participants and the
company is always going the extra mile to help its
customers succeed in reaching their goals.
Consilium takes responsibility and personal initiatives, a highly valued quality. For Consilium this means keeping its promises, giving feedback on successes and challenges in the market place. It believes that this straight forward and honest approach gives it a closer relationship with its customers and enables Consilium to seek out customers’ challenges and supply superior safety solutions focused on customer value. That means that Consilium deals with challenges right away, making the right decisions and following through on them. Consilium believes in continuously improving its products and services based on the needs of its customers. Through understanding the challenges and demands of safety systems in the Oil & Gas industry, Consilium has developed a new SIL 2 certified CFD5000 system focusing on the features below. These features enable the company to supply its superior safety solution based on the customers’ specific requirements and demands, as Consilium did with the Brage Retrofit project.
When designing, flexibility is your greatest asset. This is where Consilium’s modular system shines; it is smarter, faster and more efficient. The system gives the company the ability to replace an existing fire detection system simply by building its modular system into the existing cabinets offshore. By reusing existing communication link with top system, Consilium eliminates the need to do changes to the safety system. These measures give a high reduction in cost and space needed, where both are in short supply.
DNV GL provides classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. The company also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.
Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, DNV GL empowers its customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. The company continuously invests in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With origins stretching back to 1864, DNV GL’s reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, the company’s professionals are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. The company enhances safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. DNV GL invests heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.
Regular service work or emergency assistance is carried out on all ship types up to 7,500 tons displacement.
Fiskerstrand Verft AS offers the following:
For planning, projecting and execution of conversions, midlife upgrading or life time extensions, Fiskerstrand has broad experience on all ship type upgrades and the company staff can assist in all aspects on completion of your project.
Since 1965, Fiskerstrand Verft AS has delivered 83 different vessels on time and on budget. The projects are planned and managed, working closely with ship owners, naval architects and suppliers to ensure the best possible solutions for the company’s customers.
Floating dock, cranes and equipment are regularly renewed to meet new demands. More than 1 500 vessels are docked at the yard and Fiskerstrand is proud to say that all of these jobs have been completed as planned. Fiskerstand’s capacity includes:
Fiskerstand’s reference projects include the following:
World first sailing LNG-Battery Hybrid Conversion included: Comprehensive engine room and power management system upgrading battery package installation. Safety System design and implementation in compliance with comprehensive Maritime Authorities and Classification society rules and regulations.
Comprehensive repairs of Hurtigruten after Engine Room Fire & Flooding. The project was considerably larger in scope than first expected. On average approximately 200 people worked on board, and 100 000 man hours spent. All completed in four months.
The work included:
Complete rebuilding the world`s first dedicated LNG bunkering vessel. LNG Seagas was transformed from a double ended car and passenger ferry to a LNG bunkering vessel to work in the port of Stockholm.
Nordkapp Class Coast Guard Vessels
Gillnet & Long Liner Fishing Vessel Loran
Repair works after sinking such as:
Conversion from container trade to krill fishing for operation in Antartic Ocean. The present name of the vessel today is Antarctic Sea.
Its teams have been designing, developing and
making rescue and survival suits for the North
Sea Oil Industry since 1976. In addition, Hansen
Protection’s activities include canopies for leisure
boats, as well as products for industrial and
agricultural applications and the health sector.
The company is also a major supplier to
the Royal Norwegian Navy.
Hansen Protection is the market leader and manufacturer of immersion suits. All the company’s suits are tested and approved according to the most stringent national and international standards. It places great emphasis on innovation and development and pushes the boundaries at the leading edge of design, ergonomics, materials and suitability for purpose. Hansen Protection develops and refi nes its different types of suits in close collaboration with specific user groups to ensure optimal design and performance.
Hansen Protection’s high-tech SeaWind suit is certified by SOLAS, ISO and EASA. As such it is approved for most of the most demanding work situations imaginable. No other survival suit can match its suitability for such a wide range of applications.
Hansen Protection has two Emergency Breathing Systems. One manual and one automatic. Both systems can be supplied with Hansen Protection´s range of SeaAir survival suits. The company´s manual Emergency Breathing System is classified as a “rebreather”. It is connected to an integrated inflatable lung and one breathes through a mouthpiece and “reuses” one’s own air. Hansen Protection set a new standard for automatic Emergency Breathing Systems when it launched SeaAir EBS. Suitable for use in extreme cold, being able to start breathing whilst still under water, a unique nose clip and other features make this one of the best automatic solutions on the market.
(Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Our HPL EPIRB is specifically designed for helicopter transport passengers wearing our emergency immersion suits. The device is integrated in the suits to facilitate quick and easy localization. The emergency distress location signal is activated automatically when the wearer ends up in the sea.
John Gjerde AS, a specialist in maritime tank
venting technique in Sunnmøre Norway, has
added a new and innovative product to its
wide range of products for the ventilation of
service tanks such as, for example, ballast,
stabilization, fuel, lubrication oil, mud, cement
and fresh water tanks, which can be found on
all floating constructions.
Due to demand in the market for smaller and lighter valves as the space on decks is becoming more and more important for shipowners/oil and gas companies and environmental issues leading to a lower total weight of vessels, which lead to the possibility of the use of smaller engines, John Gjerde AS has developed a new small and lightweight aluminium tank vent check valve.
The present generation of offshore vessels, oil rigs and FPSOs are designed to maximize working decks because most owners are paid by the square metre for working deck available for their clients. Cargo rails are getting smaller, tank shapes are changing and there is an increase in incidents due to capacity difficulties with tank vent check valves in general which leads to severe damages on the constructions.
John Gjerde AS, knowing about all of the difficulties involved, has tested all its products in its own testing and research department in Gjerdsvika, Norway. As always, the company JG does not compromise or jeopardize safety, the good working processes and quality of its products.
Thanks to the special testing facilities, which have been specially built by John Gjerde in cooperation with NTNU in Trondheim, the company was able to enlarge the air capacity in the tank vent check valves to a new level. Looking at the average capacity of other tank vent check valves in the market, the company has managed to create the new and even smaller HIDE aluminium valve with a capacity which is ten times as big. Tests onboard different types of vessels and oil rigs have shown that problems such as suction blocking, banging and braking floaters, damaged tanks and sleepless nights for the crew are now history with the HIDE valves.
As many other sub suppliers for the maritime and oil and gas industry, John Gjerde is located in the heart of the maritime cluster in Sunnmøre. The important exchange of information between shipowner, ship designer and ship builder is unique in the world. This cooperation has lead to many high tech and special designs which are famous all around the world. Many of the Norwegian shipowners and shipyards have chosen to have the new aluminium HIDE tank vent check valve as the standard for their high quality vessels.
With the upcoming interest in a new
sailing route north of Russia, the request
for ice class vessels is increased. Oil and
gas companies as well as ship owners
see the economic value of the availability
of oil near the North Pole and the new
With the introduction of the new HIDE aluminium valve, John Gjerde has also launched a new electrical heating system for Arctic conditions. The system works dependably and up to temperatures of minus 40-50 degrees Celsius. The heating system can also be added later which is unique in the field of tank vent check valves.
Rolls-Royce Marine specialises in ship design and the design and delivery of propulsion, positioning, manoeuvring, motion control and ship’s systems. The company is one of the world’s foremost suppliers of marine propulsion systems, deck machinery and steering and stabilising systems for the offshore, merchant and naval segments of the global marine market.
The company places great emphasis on
fulfilling customer requirements – often
designing and developing vessels before
customers request them – and creating
innovations that anticipate future demands.
Its UT series ship designs are built
Rolls-Royce system solutions include fully integrated ship’s equipment systems in which the company provides designs and relevant documentation, delivery coordination, and guarantees of high quality and low lifecycle costs. It also offers a wide range of consultancy services, ranging from initial design to ship’s equipment supply and planned maintenance.
Technological strength and decades of experience gives us the ability to design, build, deliver and support fully integrated system solutions.
SEAONICS AS designs and manufactures
offshore lift and handling equipment
to improve all critical lift and handling
The products are delivered to vessels for subsea construction, module handling, well intervention, reservoir exploration, scientific research cruises, ocean trawling and cruise operations. SEAONICS is located in Ålesund, Norway in the middle of the maritime cluster with a number of yards, ship owners and designers.
For many years SEAONICS has collaborated with operators, ship owners, shop designers and shipyards in developing new equipment based on the company’s customers operations. The result is high quality lift and handling equipment, with a proven performance.
The products include complete lift and handling equipment packages for multiple segments.
SEAONICS offers both a two and a five-year agreement which includes maintenance and upgrading of the systems, and a guarantee that the equipment can be used for its intended purpose.
Sohome has specialized within IT infrastructure for maritime solutions. In cooperation with DNV GL Sohome has taken the steps to make sure the products follow international standards such as ISO/ IEC 11801 for cabling and NORSOK’s standards. Solutions have been delivered to vessels and rigs which operates in the harsh environments from storm to extreme temperatures, vibrations and saltwater. Reference list includes projects such as Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog, Aasta Hansteen, Mariner and Goliat as well as PSVs from Vard, Kleven and Havyard shipyards
Sohome is one of the major integrators in the maritime segment in Norway
Sohome can offer the following:
The company has been engaged in automation industry for more than 40 years and Valmet’s automation systems have been installed on board a large number of vessels. Automation solutions for cruise ships have been one of the very successful business areas. Valmet AS in Norway is the centre of excellence for Valmet’s marine automation business line. The company coordinates Valmet’s local expertise worldwide to expand the business and provide the best service for their customers.
Ship automation systems based on Valmet technology have a long history. Development work on ship automation systems started in the early 1980s with Damatic Classic and has continued through to today’s Valmet DNA. The majority of installations have been for advanced ship types, such as cruise vessels.
In particular, reliability and high availability by redundancy features and high product quality have contributed to the success of Valmet’s automation systems.
With Valmet DNA, fully integrated control, alarm and monitoring solutions for machinery, electric power production, cargo, air-conditioning plants etc. are available. Valmet DNA offers the users versatile tools to analyze the historical performance and status of the controlled and monitored machinery.
Valmet’s Energy Management System integrates with the Valmet DNA. It is a comprehensive tool that enables the crew to optimize the performance of machinery and systems, in the end saving fuel and providing sustainability.
Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring measures and analyses the mechanical condition and performance of rotating machinery units, based on vibration and other machine parameters. The online system enables 24/7 monitoring, thus providing the fastest possible way to act on problems and to secure safe sailing, protect assets and increase working environment safety.
Exhaust gas cleaning is another of the company’s products for the maritime industry. Valmet’s hybrid scrubber is a combination of open and closed loop scrubber, and it can operate in both modes. Sea water is used to wash the exhaust gas in open loop mode, and in closed loop mode the wash water is circulated and alkali added. In the special dual water hybrid mode the consumption of chemical, fresh water and electricity is optimized and the emissions from the ship can always be kept within regulatory limits in a cost efficient way. Valmet is the first company to introduce the dual water hybrid solution to the market.
Vestdavit’s tailor-made solutions for launching and recovering boats in difficult conditions at sea widen the operational window for users.
Vestdavit systems need very little maintenance between five-yearly services and only a single operator when in use.
Vestdavit systems are easy to use and intuitive, reducing the need for crew training. Vestdavit provides training for all its systems.
Vestdavit focuses on reliability and ease of maintenance when designing systems. Users benefit from simpler, less frequent maintenance and fewer spare parts needed.
Vestdavit have supplied over 1,800 davits and side and stern launch systems since 1975. They have proven themselves over more than 35 years use in the North Sea and other harsh environments around the world.
Kvale's Shipping and Oil Service Group
assists parties operating within the shipping
sector, hereunder shipowners, charterers,
managers, oil companies and other parties
involved in the shipping industry. Kvale
is recognised for its strong competence
within contract law and the firm has broad
experience in advising on the various
contracts applicable for maritime activities
(inter alia charterparties, supply contracts,
vessel service contracts, salvage contracts,
management agreements and other
contracts used in the maritime sector).
Kvale has recently extended its portfolio by taking on the shipping team from boutique law firm Kyllingstad Kleveland, and is now providing legal services within all parts of the shipping and offshore industry, including maritime law, ship building, ship financing, marine insurance, tax law, environmental law, labour law, safety regulations and sector related M&A and S&P, hereunder sale/ leaseback transactions.
Kvale's unique competence within the oil and gas sector has been an important basis for Kvale's activity within the maritime sector. The firm possesses a unique understanding of the connection between petroleum legislation, maritime law and thereto available insurances for the activities undertaken by support vessels and other operators active in the interface between commercial contracts and strict legislation applying for the petroleum industry.
Kvale has a frame agreement for legal services with the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a governmental body responsible for vessel traffic services, pilot services, national preparedness against acute pollution, maritime legislation and transport planning.
Kvale’s lawyers have considerable experience working with international treaties and regulations applicable for the shipping industry, and the firm has a team with lawyers specialised in EU law.
Kvale’s M&A/Corporate team has extensive experience with transactions in the shipping sector and is acknowledged for its high quality services.
Kvale is recognised as being cost efficient and able to handle the most comprehensive matters within the set deadline. This has resulted in top rankings within several areas by leading rating bureaus.
“Market sources admit themselves that they are 'tremendously impressed' with the quality of the firm’s work.”
Chambers and Partners
Users can track their assets, including rental equipment and their costs.
Automated procurement and material tracking can be used for reduced cost and improved availability.
Users can plan daily maintenance tasks and projects. They can monitor their barriers, performance and continuous maintenance improvement cycle.
Preparation for larger projects, production of docking specifications, quote processing, detailed planning, execution and cost control.
Preventive safety and risk reducing work can be combined with deviations and undesired event reporting.
Star IPS is presently used onboard more
than 2,000 ships/rigs across approximately
150 ship- and rig- owners/managers. The
company has customers in all segments;
jack-ups, semisubmersibles, drilling rigs, drill
ships, FPSOs, land rigs, accommodation
rigs, supply vessels, passenger/cruise
ferries, product/chemical tankers, bulkers,
tankers and third party managers.
Star Information System’s largest customers in the shipping segment include wellknown operators such as Boreal, Norled, Hurtigruten, Odfjell Shipping, Farstad Shipping, Solstad Offshore, Colorline, Van Oord, Norbulk Shipping and many others.
Star Information Systems is a world-class
provider of maritime software solutions and
services. The company provides maritime
software solutions and services to maximize
profitability and operational safety for our
SIS’ focus is to provide one integrated package onboard, which is easy-to-use, easy to maintain and covers all areas of operation for technical management. The system is commonly run offl ine with replication/exchange of data every 24 hours from the ship to a central database in a server in the office, and vice versa. The system can however be run online if so required.
The office (server) concept allows companies to have one system, which can be integrated to any third party application such as financial accounting, or a crew management/payroll system.
NORWAY EXPORTS – Maritime
Ballast Control Systems
Cargo Control Systems
Condition Monitoring Systems
Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
Level Gauging & Tank Control Systems
Manoeuvring & Propulsion Remote Control Systems
Power Management Systems
Propulsion Control Systems
Sensors & Transmitters
Valve Remote Control Systems
Cargo Control Equipment
Cargo Handling Equipment & Lifts
Deck Cranes & Accessories
Liquid Cargo Handling Systems
CP Propeller Systems
CP Propeller Systems Propeller Components
Engine Room Pumps
Propulsion Systems Propeller Components
Anchor Handling, Mooring Systems & Deck Machinery
Catwalks, Gangways, Ladders, Landings, Ramps & Staircases
Davits & Launching Equipment
Fire Detection & Extinguishing Equipment
Fire Fighting Units
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
Hydraulic Components & Control Units
Safety & Life-Saving Equipment
Sanitation Equipment & Prefabricated Wet Units
Survival Clothing & Suits
Tunnel & Retractable Thrusters
Maritime LAN IT Infrastructure
Fleet & Ship Management Database
Dynamic Positioning Systems
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Search & Navigation Equipment
Administrative, Maintenance, Operation & Procurement Systems
Certification, Testing & Laboratory Services
Design, Engineering & Package Deliveries
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Research & Development
Construction, Repair & Conversion
General Maintenance Activities
The following list provides an overview of the Norwegian embassies, Consulate Generals and Innovation Norway offices located internationally. For more information on Norwegian embassy and Consulate General activities, please visit www.norway.info
Baku – Embassy
11 floor, ISR Plaza, 69 Nizami str., Baku
Tel: +994 12 4974325 +994 12 4974325 / +994 12 4974326 +994 12 4974326 / +994 12 4974327 +994 12 4974327
Fax: +994 12 4973798
Brasilia – Embassy
SES 807 Avenida das Nacões; Lote 28, CEP 70, BR-418-900 Brasilia - DF
Tel: +55 61 3443 8722 +55 61 3443 8722 / +55 61 3443 8720 +55 61 3443 8720
Fax: +55 61 3443 2942
Rio de Janeiro – General consulate
Rua Lauro Muller, 116-Suite 2206
Torre do Rio Sul/Botafogo CEP: 22 290-160, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 21 2586 7500 +55 21 2586 7500
Fax: +55 21 2586 7599
Rio de Janeiro – Innovation Norway
Rua Lauro Muller, 116 - Suite 2206, Torre do Rio
Sul /Botafogo, 22290-160Rio de Janeiro
Tel: +55 (21) 2586-6800 +55 (21) 2586-6800
Fax: +55 21 2275 0161
Shanghai – General Consulate
Room 1701, Bund Center, 222 East Yan’an Road
Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002
Tel: + 86 21 - 6039 7500 + 86 21 - 6039 7500
Fax: + 86 21 - 6039 7501
Bogota – Embassy
OXO CENTER, Cra. 11A No.94-45, Of.904, Bogota
New Delhi – Embassy / Innovation Norway
50 C Shantipath; Chanakyapuri, IND-110 021 New Delhi
Tel: + 91 11 41 77 92 00 + 91 11 41 77 92 00
Fax: + 91 11 41 68 01 45
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Jakarta – Embassy
Menara Rajawali Building, 25> th floor, Mega Kuningan, Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta 12950
Tel: +62 21 576 1523 / 24 +62 21 576 1523 / 24
Fax: +62 21 576 1537br> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy Section in Antananarivo
Batiment 2D, Business Explorer Park (ex. Village des Jeux)
Ankorondrano, 101 Antananarivo, P.O Box 12180, 101
Tel: +261 (0) 20 22 305 07 +261 (0) 20 22 305 07
Fax: +261 (0) 20 22 377 99
Mexico D.F. – Embassy
Avenida Virreyes 1460; Col Lomas Virreyes, C.P. 11000 Mexico D.F.
Tel: + 52 55 55 40 34 86/87 + 52 55 55 40 34 86/87 / + 52 55 55 40 52 20/21 + 52 55 55 40 52 20/21
Fax: +52 55 52023019
Maputo – Embassy
Ave. Julius Nyerere 1162, Maputo
Tel: +258 21 480 100/1/2/3/4 +258 21 480 100/1/2/3/4 / +258 21 485 072/4 +258 21 485 072/4
Fax: +258 21 480 107/ + 258 21 485 076
Manila – Embassy
Petron Mega Plaza Bldg., 21st floor, 358 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue,
1209 Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel: +(63 2) 886 3245-49 +(63 2) 886 3245-49
Fax : +(63 2) 886 3384
Moscow - Innovation Norway
4 Dobryninskiy pereulok, 8 “Dobrynia” business centre Floor 2, Office 313, 119049
Tel: +7 495 663 6830 +7 495 663 6830
Fax: +7 495 663 68 31
Khartoum – Embassy
House no. 63, Street 49, Khartoum II
Tel: +249 183 578336 +249 183 578336 / +249 183 578343 +249 183 578343 / +249 183 578345 +249 183 578345
Fax: +249 183 577180
Cape Town - Innovation Norway
Norton Rose House, 16th Floor, 8 Riebeek Street, 8000 Cape Town
Tel: +087 150 0120 +087 150 0120/ +087 150 0128 +087 150 0128
Fax: +2712 362 4287
Seoul – Embassy / Innovation Norway
13th fl. Jeong-dong Building, 15-5 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu Seoul 100-784, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82 (02) 727 7100 +82 (02) 727 7100
Fax: +82 (02) 727 7199
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bangkok - Innovation Norway
Blue Business Solutions Ltd., 14th Fl. Mahatun PlazaBangkok
Washington – Embassy / Innovation Norway
2720, 34th Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20008-2714
Tel: +1 202 333 6000 +1 202 333 6000
Fax: +1 202 337 0870
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Houston – Consulate General / Innovation Norway
3410 West Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77019
Tel: + 1 (713) 620-4200 +1 (713) 620-4200
Fax: +1 (713) 620-4290
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org