Kongsberg Maritime has donated and installed a K-Pos Dynamic Positioning System aboard Gunnerus, a research vessel owned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
In operation for NTNU since 2006, Gunnerus carries out a variety of biological, geological, archaeological and oceanographic research. It is also used for educational purposes and is an important platform for marine courses at all levels and disciplines. The vessel is arranged with a wet lab, dry lab and a computer lab and boasts a large aft deck.
As one of the most technologically advanced vessel regularly seen on the Trondheimsfjord, Gunnerus is frequently employed as a test-bed for technology developed by Kongsberg Maritime and its affiliate Kongsberg Seatex in Trondheim. "We see the donation as a contribution to maintaining a strong and capable university also for the future," says Geir Håøy, president of Kongsberg Maritime. "Scientific research and offshore operations are vital aspects of Norwegian industry. So it is important for us to contribute to projects that increase our knowledge of the oceans and educate a new generation of maritime and subsea experts."
The K-Pos DP system was installed together with a range of reference systems including HiPAP acoustic positioning, RADius, SpotTrack and DPS. "K-Pos provides precise station-keeping even in bad weather, enabling improved ship handling and a wider operational window," comments the ship's captain Arve Knutsen.
For Kongsberg Seatex, Gunnerus is a vital for product development programs: "The vessel is berthed right outside of our facilities, making it a tremendous asset in the research and testing of new products," says company president Gard Ueland.