Setting the course for R&D in the Norwegian maritime sector

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For the next two months, 56 participants will be developing a strategy for research, development and innovation in the Norwegian maritime sector. Our Ulstein representative will be working on the topic ‘enabling technology’.

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The participants will be working across the industry, research institutes and authorities. The four working groups will be dealing with 80 inputs received from 40 organizations. 

“Through this work, the maritime strategy, ‘Maritim 21’, will be widely anchored, and we will have the possibility in to influence the direction of the maritime development”, says R&D manager Rune Volden at Ulstein Power & Control. 

“The Ocean space is so much more than fish and oil. There are also vast opportunities to develop more sustainable and resource-efficient solutions in areas such as transportation, harvesting and exploitation. The group in which I am participating, 'enabling technology' (muliggjørende teknologi), will work on topics such as the digitization of the maritime industry. An example is how data analyzes, so-called 'Big Data', will simplify the land-based operational management.”

“We see a broad spectre in the inputs received prior to this first gathering, and all the working groups have many interesting aspects to elaborate on,” says Kjell Røang in the Research Council of Norway.

“The inputs raise suggestions around business opportunities, the strengths and weaknesses in knowledge production and development of new technology, and what must be done by the authorities or others in order to realize the business possibilities.”

The participants are divided into four working groups: Ocean space operations, transportation and logistics, enabling technology and climate and environment. The aim of Maritim21 is to stimulate research, development and innovation which will improve sustainable growth and value creation, heighten the competitive edge of the maritime industry, and to get the full maritime potential from the synergies among the ocean-related businesses.

The groups must be finished on 15 August. Their work will be gathered in a sub-report, which will be fully integrated in the Martim21 strategy. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries  has ordered Maritim 21 on behalf of the Norwegian Government. A final report is to be delivered by November 2016. 

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The Maritim21 participants are divided into four working groups: Ocean space operations, transportation and logistics, enabling technology and climate and environment. 

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