Kongsberg has opened an autonomous shipping test bed adjacent to its facility in Horten, Norway. The site is the third of its kind in the country and only the fourth such approved area in the world.
Established to support the development of autonomous technologies in the maritime sector, the test bed will offer a safe, convenient, and open space to trial new solutions. It has been specially designated for use in autonomous pilot schemes by the Norwegian Maritime Administration and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Kongsberg worked alongside the town of Horten, DNV GL, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and the University College of South East Norway to establish the test bed.
The introduction of the Horten site follows the opening of the world’s first autonomous shipping test bed, which is located on Norway’s Trondheimsfjord and was supported by Kongsberg.
These sites are crucial to the ongoing development of Kongsberg’s technologies, including the YARA Birkeland, an all-electric and autonomous container ship, and the Hrönn autonomous offshore support vessel.
“The move towards greater autonomy at sea has the potential to transform maritime operations and while the technology has now been proven, we look towards the regulations,” Egil Haugsdal, president, Kongsberg Maritime.
“Establishment of these test-beds are an important step, as it shows close co-operation between the people making the technology and vessels and the organisations developing the rules that will allow them to operate.”