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Maritime Tech Firm Kongsberg Celebrates Bicentenary

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

26 March 2014


Leading Norweigan technology company Kongsberg Group celebrated its 200th anniversary on March 20. After two centuries, Kongsberg has become a global leader in the maritime, oil and gas, defence, and aerospace industries.

"There are not many businesses in the world that can boast 200 years of continuous operations, and this is something we are very proud and respectful of. We can look back on a unique and memorable history, and we are now a leading international high-technology corporation," says CEO Walter Qvam of KONGSBERG.

In the maritime and offshore world, Kongsberg Maritime has been operating for over half a century in technology development for ships. Today, it is recognised as a pioneer in the fields of DP, automation, subsea, and simulation technology.

During the fifties, Kongsberg company Simrad commercialised echosounder and sonar technology, making hydroacoustics available outside of the military for the first time. In 1969, Kongsberg Norcontrol installed the first ever computerised engine monitoring and navigation system on the M/S Taimyr. The company then unveiled its first navigational simulator in 1974, while the first engine room simulator arrived in 1978. In 1977 the first KONGSBERG Dynamic Positioning (DP) system was put into operation on board the diving support vessel Seaway Eagle.

"Over the years, Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a number of firsts that have contributed to safer and more efficient operations at sea. We have strong ambitions to continue the development of innovative, new solutions to meet future market demands," Geir Håøy, President, Kongsberg Maritime said.

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