Successful and engaging kickoff

Published: February 10, 2020

A big thanks to all the participants and speakers who attended the Ocean Autonomy Cluster kickoff. Engaging participants and speakers made the kickoff a huge success.

From the left: Director of NTNU AMOS, Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen; Eirik Hovstein, head of the governing council for the Ocean Autonomy Cluster; and Bjørn Damhaug, Temporary Manager of the Ocean Autonomy Cluster. Photo: Mikael Sætereid/FI

– We are very happy that so many showed up, and that they participated and gave their input on the future role of the Ocean Autonomy Cluster, says Bjørn Damhaug, Temporary Cluster Manager and CEO of FI.

Well over 90 people attended the event. Both participants and speakers highlighted cooperation as the key to success, and that the Ocean Autonomy Cluster is a well-awaited arena to discuss and collaborate on the possibilities of ocean autonomy.


– Together we will show the world that the companies in Trøndelag are at the forefront of ocean autonomy. Autonomous vessels developed in Norway are present all over the world. In a few years, Norwegian autonomous vessels will sail on all the seven seas, says Eirik Hovstein, head of the governing council for the Ocean Autonomy Cluster and COO at Maritime Robotics.

– The ocean is Norway’s version of Silicon Valley. We have to acknowledge our global position and use our competitive advantage to develop revolutionary technologies and solutions, says Director of NTNU AMOS (Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems), Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen.

A seminar on the topic of autonomous ferries is being held in Trondheim on March 5th 08:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. More information to come, but check out the event page for the latest information.

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