Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg join forces to take the next step in autonomous maritime transport, offering a complete value chain for autonomous vessels, ranging from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and ship operations.

Norway has taken a position at the forefront of the development of autonomous vessels. Through the new joint venture created, called Massterly, they offer infrastructure and services for the design and operation of ships, as well as advanced logistics solutions related to autonomous maritime operations. This will reduce costs at all levels and will serve all those companies that have a transportation need.

Terrestrial control centres will be established to control the monitoring and operation of autonomous vessels, in Norway and internationally. Kongsberg will bring his experience in the creation of a unique technology, while Wilhelmsen will provide his experience in logistics and ship management operations.

The leading position of the Scandinavian country will also allow it to create development opportunities for the next generation of maritime personnel.

One of the milestones achieved by Norway in the history of naval autonomy was the creation of Yara Birkeland, which will be the first all-electric container ship and will operate fully autonomously in 2020. It will sail between the production facilities of Yara in Herøya and the ports of Brevik and Larvik. The new company will be able to deliver and operate autonomous vessels such as Yara Birkeland.

The offices of this joint venture will be located in Lysaker and will begin to be operational in August of this year.


Source: Sector Maritimo