Kongsberg Group News

04 Feb 2020

Kongsberg Sells Subsidiary Hydroid to HII

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime AS has signed an agreement to sell its underwater technology subsidiary company Hydroid, Inc. for $350 million to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). In conjunction with the transaction, HII and Kongsberg Maritime are also establishing a strategic alliance to jointly market naval and maritime products and services to the U.S. government market and potentially to global markets.Kongsberg Maritime acquired Hydroid for USD 80 million in 2007 and is…

25 Feb 2019

Brunvoll to Deliver Zero Emission Propulsion Systems

The two azimuth pulling thrusters from Brunvoll are of the type PU74 with CP propeller with a diameter of 2.2 meters and a power of 900kW each. In addition, there are two FU63 tunnel thrusters in the bow, each 700kW. Photo: Jørgen Eide / Brunvoll AS.

Norway-based Brunvoll AS has signed a contract with the Kongsberg Group covering delivery of propulsion systems for Yara Birkeland, the world’s first fully electric and autonomous containership.Brunvoll's delivery includes two pulling azimuth propellers for propulsion and two tunnel thrusters for maneuvering, all of which will gain power from an accompanying 6.8 MWh battery pack.Fertilizer manufacturer Yara and the Kongsberg Group is behind this first autonomous ship of its kind in the world.

14 Aug 2018

Norway Expands AI Lab

Image: DNV GL Group

Norway has a huge potential to be a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but it needs resources and collaboration in order not to lag behind.To strengthen national efforts on artificial intelligence, Telenor, NTNU and SINTEF are inviting Norwegian businesses to partner on the new Norwegian Open AI Lab. Additional partners will include DNB, DNV GL, Equinor, and the Kongsberg Group.While the Norwegian Open AI Lab will develop solutions specific to the partners’ industries, it will also consider opportunities where Norway can take positions internationally.

09 Jul 2018

Digital Navigation: Nautisk and Kongsberg Partner

Espen Martinsen of Nautisk with Vigleik Takle of Kongsberg Digital (Image: Nautisk)

Norwegian digital navigation specialists Nautisk have announced a partnership that will make its products available via Kongsberg Digital’s Kognifai platform.Kongsberg Digital, part of the Norwegian Kongsberg Group of companies, will offer Nautisk’s range of digital navigation and bridge management products to members of its existing Kognifai community as part of its end-to-end digital service.Kongsberg Digital provides software and digital solutions to the maritime, oil and gas, renewables and utilities markets through Kognifai, its digital network platform.

16 Apr 2018

The Day of the Unmanned Ship is Dawning

DNV GL Virtual Bridge Cargo vessels without a superstructure could one day be controlled from a virtual bridge on land. (Photo courtesy of DNV GL / Rolls-Royce)

While debates rage in regards to safety, insurance and cyber security, the tech powering autonomous maritime operations continues to power ahead.Advances in sensor technology, data analytics and bandwidth-to-shore are fundamentally changing the way shipping works. And as operations are digitalized, they become more automated, Dr. Pierre C. Sames, Director of Group Technology & Research at class society DNV GL, has stated.Governments around the world are looking into unmanned shipping…

28 Dec 2017

Maritime's Digital Transformation & Simulation-based Training

The Kognifai digital platform is a set of tools built on modern Cloud technology providing access to KONGSBERG and third-party simulation solutions. (Image: Kongsberg)

Nearly 200 delegates from across the world gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands in September 2017 to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. The three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference brought attendees up to date on developments in digitalization, maritime training, navigation technology, maritime operations simulation and the use of virtual reality in training. Tom Mulligan reports.

27 Dec 2017

Driver-less Ships: Autonomy in the Maritime Sector

 “Phase 1” to “2”: Rolls-Royce’s remote monitoring facility at Longva, near Aalesund. Photo: William Stoichevski

In a show of prototypes, a pod of unmanned sailboats from around the world competes to cross “The Atlantic” test tank in Horten, Norway. Cross the real ocean, and the Sail Bots race similarly challenges scholarly robotic-vessel designers to North America for a bit of station-keeping, collision-avoidance and “cargo moves”. For all, the future seems bright — the first commercial runs of unmanned vessels are underway or scheduled worldwide. These earliest movers have the support of governments, Google and grateful clients.

26 Sep 2017

Netherland Hosts International Simulation-based Training Conference

(Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Almost 200 delegates from across the world are gathered at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus in Den Haag, The Netherlands this week to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. Kongsberg Group, the Norway-headquartered international knowledge-based  company serving businesses in the maritime, defense, remote weapons and digitalization sectors, is hosting the three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference designed to bring attendees up to date on recent and planned developments in digitalization…

07 Aug 2017

Ultimate SIM: Kongsberg's Digital Ecosystem

Stocked Cabinet: The W2W SIM dashboard. (Photo: William Stoichevski)

Ship owners can expect a rich digitalized offering from Kongsberg Group after the merger of its software-producing, oil-and-gas technology division; its maritime simulation (SIM) business and the company’s renewable energy department. Kongsberg Digital is the successor to these, and among the new entity’s cloudlike offerings are new ways to learn and train, as well as new SIM business models. Behind it all is the ultimate learning academy, one for all the world’s SIM and the Internet of Things — their trademarked digital “ecosystem”, Kognifai.

23 Nov 2016

Kongsberg to support RAN Bridge Simulator Expansion

Maritime Warfare Officers of the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson, Sydney Australia will soon be trained on upgraded K-Sim Polaris ship’s bridge simulators, made possible by a beneficial support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN. Credit ABIS Alan Lancaster. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator. The expansion has been established under the current support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN, in order to provide capacity to meet current and increasing demands for training. Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG Group division dedicated to delivering next generation software and digital solutions…

05 Oct 2016

Academic Cooperation Addresses Maritime Ice Operations

From left: Ted Bågfeldt, Head of Academy, Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University; Paal Aamaas, Senior Vice President, Kongsberg Digital; Tord Ytterdahl, Deputy CEO, Viking Supply Ships; and Ulf Gullne, Head of the Swedish Maritime Administration’s Ice-breaking Division signing the MoU for academic exchange and cooperation within the framework of the Kalmar Ice Academy. (Photo: Kongsberg)

A group of industry stakeholders have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic exchange and cooperation within the framework of the Kalmar Ice Academy, with a focus on collaboratively helping the offshore and shipping industries to increase operational safety and efficiency while reducing environmental impact, through furthering understanding of maritime operations in ice. The parties, which included Kongsberg Digital, Viking Supply Ships, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Kalmar Maritime Academy at the Faculty of Technology…

16 Jun 2014

Kongsberg Launches SESAME Straits Project

The Singapore Port Operation Control Centre uses Kongsberg Norcontrol IT’s C-Scope technology.

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT said it will lead a three-year project called SESAME Straits (Secure, Efficient and Safe maritime traffic Management in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore), which aims to create solutions to significantly improve the safety and efficiency of ship navigation across the world. An important test-bed for IMO’s e-Navigation implementation strategy, the objective of the SESAME Straits Project is to develop and validate a revolutionary concept for a next generation Ship Traffic Management System (STMS) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

05 Nov 2012

Kongsberg Group Reports Good Q3 2012 Results

The company won several important contracts in the maritime and defence markets during the third quarter 2012. Q3 operating revenues totalled MNOK 3 675 and EBITA came to MNOK 570. This corresponds to an EBITA margin for the Group of 15.5 per cent, compared with 16.3 per cent in the same quarter of 2011. Earnings per share (EPS) came to NOK 3.26 in Q3 2012. Kongsberg had an equity ratio of 38.4 per cent at the end of Q3. The Group has had a good quarter, winning several important contracts that further consolidate the Group's market positions. “It is gratifying to note that Kongsberg Maritime has further strenghtened its position in the advanced offshore market.

07 Aug 2012

Ove Bråthen strengthens Scandinavian sales team at MARIS

Ove Bråthen Director, Sales Scandinavia

Maritime Information Systems AS, Norway (MARIS) has appointed Ove Bråthen Director, Sales Scandinavia. Mr Bråthen, who holds an electronics degree with focus on radar and underwater acoustics, brings more than 25 years’ international sales experience to the company, having spent the first six years of his career with the Royal Norwegian Navy. After working at sea on a number of seismic research vessels, Mr Bråthen spent the next decade as Sales Manager for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, selling high-tech products to the seismic, offshore and defence industries.

11 Mar 2010

Stave Sales Manager at Ulstein Verft

Photo courtesy the Ulstein Group

Håvard Stave has been appointed the new sales manager at Ulstein Verft. For the past five years he was design manager at Ulstein Design, which became part of Ulstein Design & Solutions at the turn of the year. Before joining Ulstein Design, Stave worked nine years at Rolls-Royce Marine’s Propulsion department at Ulsteinvik, the last years as technical manager. Before that, he worked in Kongsberg Group.

19 Dec 2003

Marine Electronics Pioneer Dies

The marine electronics world lost a pioneer with the passing of Willy Simonsen on December 4, 2003. Simonsen, who was 90 years old, was the co-founder and driving force behind Simrad, a company that is today part of the Kongsberg Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics. It was in 1947 in postwar Norway that Simonsen joined with John Mustad (of Mustad fishhook fame) to form Simonsen Radio AS in Oslo, Norway. In the beginning, the partners focused on manufacturing high quality radio telephones.

19 Dec 2003

Marine Electronics Pioneer Dies

The marine electronics world lost a pioneer with the passing of Willy Simonsen on December 4, 2003. Simonsen, who was 90 years old, was the co-founder and driving force behind Simrad, a company that is today part of the Kongsberg Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics. It was in 1947 in postwar Norway that Simonsen joined with John Mustad (of Mustad fishhook fame) to form Simonsen Radio AS in Oslo, Norway. In the beginning, the partners focused on manufacturing high quality radio telephones.

14 Jan 2004

Simrad Co-Founder Willy Simonsen Dies

The marine electronics world lost a pioneer with the passing of Willy Simonsen on December 4, 2003. Simonsen, who was 90 years old, was the co-founder and driving force behind Simrad, a company that is today part of the Kongsberg Group, the world's largest manufacturer of marine electronics. It was in 1947 in postwar Norway that Simonsen joined with John Mustad (of Mustad fishhook fame) to form Simonsen Radio AS in Oslo, Norway. In the beginning, the partners focused on manufacturing high quality radio telephones. Within a few years, the company expanded into development and production of echo sounders and sonars for commercial and military use, gaining a worldwide reputation for quality and superior technology.

14 Jan 2004

News: Simrad Co-Founder Willy Simonsen Dies

The marine electronics world lost a pioneer with the passing of Willy Simonsen on December 4, 2003. Simonsen, who was 90 years old, was the co-founder and driving force behind Simrad, a company that is today part of the Kongsberg Group, the world's largest manufacturer of marine electronics. It was in 1947 in postwar Norway that Simonsen joined with John Mustad (of Mustad fishhook fame) to form Simonsen Radio AS in Oslo, Norway. In the beginning, the partners focused on manufacturing high quality radio telephones. Within a few years, the company expanded into development and production of echo sounders and sonars for commercial and military use, gaining a worldwide reputation for quality and superior technology.

26 Sep 2005

Kongsberg Sells Simrad

Simrad, Inc., a subsidiary of the Kongsberg Group and U.S./Canadian distributor for Simrad marine electronics, announced that Kongsberg has sold the company to Altor, a Nordic investment fund. The sale involved all four European Simrad factories, the holding company Simrad AS and distribution companies in addition to Simrad, Inc. including Simrad AB (Sweden), Simrad GmbH (Germany), Simrad SA (France), Simrad BV (the Netherlands) Simrad Srl (Italy), and Simrad Canada Ltd. “We view this as a very positive development for Simrad, Inc. and the marine electronics industry in North America,” said Brian Staton, President of Simrad, Inc. “This will result in a fresh wave of investment in our important recreational yachting and commercial markets.

01 Jul 2003

Kongsberg Maritime Restructures

June, officially comes into action today (July 1st 2003). resource distribution throughout all sectors within the companies. electronic solutions – essentially ‘The Full Picture’. Kildal, President Kongsberg Maritime. automation, simulation and marine IT. electronics companies in the world. Kongsberg group provides the maritime industry. for all maritime electronics areas from one company. The restructuring does not effect Kongsberg Seatex (AS) or Simrad (AS). Maritime.

16 Jan 2004

Kongsberg Seatex Wins AIS Contract

Kongsberg Seatex AS has been awarded a contract to develop AIS infrastructure covering the coast of Norway. The contract was won in competition with six other tenders in an open tendering process and is a major breakthrough for the AIS technology developed by Kongsberg Seatex. Kongsberg Seatex AS is a part of Kongsberg Maritime, a division of the Kongsberg Group. Kongsberg Seatex is located in Trondheim, Norway, and employs 78 people.

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