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Kongsberg Maritime history

Kongsberg Maritime history


We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kongsberg Group. As a leading Norwegian technology company established on 20th March 1814, the Kongsberg Group can celebrate more than 200 years in business.

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Key events in our history


KONGSBERG sells camera business to Imenco

28 June

Camera history Kongsberg Maritime sells its subsea cameras and harsh environment CCTV systems business to Imenco. Imenco has delivered subsea cameras for more than 25 years to the offshore-, research- and subsea markets.

KONGSBERG establish Massterly

28 March

Massterly logo Wilhelmsen and KONGSBERG are joining forces to take the next step in autonomous shipping by offering a complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.


KONGSBERG launches Kognifai

28 March

Kognifai logo Kognifai is an open and collaborative digital platform that improves integration between the world of information technology and operational technology to accelerate business transformation in established industries.

First orders for autonomous ships

9 May

YARA Birkeland The vessel "YARA Birkeland" will be the world's first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. KONGSBERG is responsible for development and delivery of all key enabling technologies including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems.

11 July

Hrönn Leading marine Offshore services company, BOURBON entered an agreement with Automated Ships Ltd to build the world's first autonomous, fully-automated vessel for offshore operations, in collaboration with the project's primary technology partner, KONGSBERG. Kongsberg Maritime to deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of the Hrönn, including all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position reference, marine automation and communication. 

21 August

Sea-Kit K-MATE, an autonomous surface vehicle control system, the latest marine robotics innovation from KONGSBERG, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of Maritime Autonomous Surface Vessel being built by UK manufacturer, Hushcraft, and operated by SEA-KIT International.


Crane simulator activity sold

01 March

GlobalSim logo As a result of a management buyout, Kongsberg GlobalSim is now an independent company under the name GlobalSim.

Simulation activity transferred

01 July

Transfer The marine simulator products have been transferred to Kongsberg Digital. This is an internal organisational issue. It has little implications for customers.


Contros Systems & Solutions acquired

25 March

Contros logo Kongsberg Maritime acquires Kiel, Germany based Contros Systems & Solutions GmbH. The company develops, produces and markets underwater sensor systems to detect dissolved gasses such as hydrocarbons, CO2 and oxygen, as well as pH and total alkalinity (TA).


200 years in business

20 March

KONGSBERG 200 logo KONGSBERG celebrates an incredible milestone. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the group. Two centuries of achievement, innovation and transformation – fuelling a journey from a small munitions business to a pioneering global technology provider.

Corporate video 2014
Our 200 year journey video
KONGSBERG past and future video


Embient GmbH acquired

6 December

Embient logo Kongsberg Maritime acquires Hamburg, Germany based Embient GmbH, an independent provider of engineered services, and state-of-the-art equipment and solutions to the marine, science and engineering sectors.

Seaglider rights acquired

16 May

Kongsberg Maritime obtains the rights to commercialise the Seaglider™ Technology. Seaglider™ is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) system that rather than using a propeller to move through the water, uses fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion.


Jotron Consultas acquired

29 March

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Norway based Jotron Consultas. Consultas delivers loading computers to the maritime sector and onboard maintenance, spare parts/inventory control, budget control, payroll systems and ship-to-shore data communication systems.



Evotec acquired

5 July

Fairlead block Kongsberg Maritime acquires Norway based Evotec AS. Evotec develops and delivers marine technology handling systems to market segments such as seismic, offshore supply and subsea. Within these niches, Evotec AS has developed systems which have led them to become one of the leading suppliers in the market.

Corporate video 2011


MetaSystems acquired

26 September

Metasystems Kongsberg Maritime acquires Norway based Metasystems. MetaSystems develops Intelligent Electronic Applications in terms of software, sensors and instruments for the maritime and land based industries, with the goal of increasing customers' profitability through optimal and safe operations.

Lodic acquired

23 September

Lodic Kongsberg Maritime becomes the majority owner of Lodic AS a manufacturer of software for hydrostatics and stability calculations for ships and floating offshore structures. Full ownership is accomplished in 2013.

GeoAcoustics acquired

1 September

Kongsberg Maritime acquires the Great Yarmouth, UK based GeoAcoustics, a leading manufacturer of sonar seabed survey equipment, including shallow water multibeam systems, side scan sonars and sub-bottom profilers. GeoAcoustics was founded in 1978.


Joint venture with Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances

15 August

Kongsberg Maritime and Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances form joint venture. The new company, Kongsberg Maritime China Zhenjiang Ltd., is focused on the delivery of electrical control & distribution units to the marine industry.

GlobalSim acquired

27 February

Globalsim Kongsberg Maritime acquires the Salt Lake City, USA based GlobalSim, a company with comprehensive simulation experience. Their main products are crane simulators. Their mission is to provide effective simulator-based training to heavy equipment operations, specifically material handling, vehicle driving and a wide range of military operations.

Kongsberg Maritime historical video


Hydroid acquired

12 December

Kongsberg Maritime acquires the Massachusetts, USA based Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) company Hydroid, an important manufacturer of compact and light weight AUVs for deep sea survey and mapping worldwide. Applications include both military and commercial use.

Remus 600 AUV


Simrad Yachting sold

26 September

Simrad Yachting Kongsberg Maritime signs an agreement with the Nordic private equity fund Altor for the sale of the parts of Simrad that develop, manufacture and sell maritime electronics for use in yachts and small commercial vessels. The business will continue under the name Simrad Yachting.

Corporate video 2005


Companies merged

Merged Kongsberg Simrad, Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems and Simrad are merged under one name to form one of the world's largest suppliers of maritime electronics: Kongsberg Maritime. The company is set to deliver reliable solutions for on- and offshore, merchant marine, subsea, navy, coastal marine, fisheries, simulation & training, port & harbour surveillance, wind energy and more.


ABB sells DP business to Kongsberg Simrad

19 June

Kongsberg Simrad AS and ABB AS have entered a worldwide cooperation agreement on joint marketing, sales and technology development to marine and offshore vessels. As part of this agreement, there will be a transfer of ABB’s business related to dynamic positioning to Kongsberg Simrad.


KonMap acquired

14 November

Kongsberg Simrad acquires KonMap Maritime Systems AS, known for its mapping and marine operation support systems. In recent years KonMap has been partly a sub-supplier and partly a competitor of Kongsberg Simrad, but from now on the two companies will pool their resources and work together to create new and innovative solutions for our customers.


Seatex and Autronica acquired

Kongsberg Simrad acquires Trondheim, Norway based Navia ASA including the Seatex and Autronica product lines. Seatex is a leading developer and manufacturer of precision positioning and motion sensing systems, while Autronica makes marine sensors and liquid cargo monitoring and control systems.


Kongsberg Maritime formed

Joining Kongsberg Maritime is formed, consisting of the following companies: Kongsberg Simrad, Kongsberg Norcontrol, Kongsberg Norcontrol Simulation and Simrad.


DP & automation systems launched

Kongsberg Simrad introduces the SDP - dynamic positioning system and the new IAS - Integrated Automation System concept in the market.

Simrad acquired

Simrad logo Kongsberg Gruppen (previously Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk - Kongsberg Weapons-Factory) acquires Simrad ASA and renames it Kongsberg Simrad.

Mesotech acquired

Simrad acquires Mesotech a Vancouver based Canadian manufacturer of underwater acoustic equipment. Originally formed in 1973, Mesotech's major breakthrough came in 1982 with the development of the Mesotech 971 Scanning Sonar. This high resolution scanning sonar was quickly accepted by military and offshore oilfield market users and soon became the standard for all remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations.

First AUV demonstrated

Hugin, early days The first prototype Autonomous Underwater Vehicle AUV, HUGIN was demonstrated to Statoil. The HUGIN program started early 1990 with a dual civilian and military application strategy. Since then, the vehicles have been successfully used for a number of civilian and military applications.


Maritime division established

Maritime Maritime activities are established as a separate business area within the company. The company changes its name to Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG).


Norcontrol reacquired

Reacquired Kongsberg Gruppen reacquires Norcontrol, which was sold in 1987. The Horten, Norway based manufacturer makes ship bridge and engine room systems, marine simulators and radar based vessel traffic systems.


Maritime businesses sold

Spin off During a turbulent period all civilian business activities within Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk are sold. Kongsberg Albatross is sold to Simrad and renamed Simrad Albatross. Norcontrol is split up into three companies and sold.


Kongsberg Albatross joins Maritime Division

Kongsberg Albatross becomes part of the Maritime Division of Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk and is later established as a separate company, fully owned by Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk.


First radar navigation simulator

Norcontrol delivers the two first radar navigation simulators for use at maritime colleges and training institutions to Tromsø, Norway and Kalmar, Sweden.

NavSim radar navigation simulator


First engine room simulator

The first engine room simulator for use at maritime colleges and training institutions was delivered to Trondheim, Norway by Norcontrol.


GeoAcoustics founded

GeoAcoustics was founded in Great Yarmouth, UK with the purpose of manufacturing sonar seabed survey equipment.


First HPR and DP systems delivered

Simrad delivers the first HPR - Hydroacoustic Position Reference system and Kongsberg Albatross delivers its first Dynamic Positioning - DP system, both to the same ship. HPR is a system to measure the relative position between a transmitter and a receiver under water. A typical usage is for vessels with dynamic positioning to either measure the relative position between a fixed underwater transmitter or to a mobile under water vehicle such as an ROV.


Kongsberg Albatross founded

Dynamic positioning Kongsberg Albatross is founded by Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk in order to develop and deliver Dynamic Positioning systems. The company achieves its first sale this year.

HPR development starts

Simrad started the development of HPR - Hydroacoustic Position Reference. HPR is a system designed for underwater navigation. It is based on short, long and super short baseline principles or a combination of these.


First computerised engine room automation

DataChief 0 Norcontrol delivers the first DataChief computerised alarm, monitoring and control system for to the tanker M/T Thorholm. The system could consist of three parts: DataSafe for monitoring of the engine room, DataPower for control of the electrical supply and DataTrend for condition monitoring.


Worlds first computerised radar

DataBridge 1 radar / ARPA Norcontrol delivers the world's first computerised radar/ARPA system to the cargo liner M/S Taimyr as the result of a research project. This is a marine radar with Automatic Radar Plotting Aid - ARPA capability. The system calculated the tracked object's course, speed and closest point of approach - CPA, to know if there is a danger of collision with the other ship.


First propulsion control system


AutoChief 0 Norcontrol delivers the first main engine remote control system for diesel driven ships. It was installed onboard the M/S Høegh Belle and allowed the duty officer on the bridge to control the main engine without help from people in the engine room. The system was type approved by DNV for periodically unmanned engine room operation - E0 and named AutoChief. Simplified operation, reliable performance and reduced cost made this a huge success.


Norcontrol founded

1 April

Norcontrol logo Norcontrol was founded in Horten, Norway this year. The plan for the company was to provide ship instrumentation within navigation, operation and cargo handling, to increase safety and simplify operation, bringing new technology onboard ships.


First alarm unit

Autronica releases first alarm unit for bearing monitoring of main engines. The MN-2/97 came in 1960-61. Alarm systems together with temperature sensors and pressure transducers became the main maritime products for Autronica far into the eighties, and Autronica was synonymous with Engine room alarm systems in the merchant ship fleet.

Autronica alarm system


Autronica founded

6 September

Autronica logoAutronica AS was founded in Trondheim Norway by Kjell Reinskou, Bjørn Rennemo and Per Just Skaret this year with an initial share capital of NOK 10.000. The founders had the idea of making products based on transistor technology. The first product was a local radio tuner for tape recorders.


First echo sounder

Simrad's first echo sounder for the commercial fishing fleet came on the market this year.

Simrad echo sounder


Simrad founded

31 December

Simonsen Radio, later Simrad was founded 31 December to manufacture radio telephones for the fishing fleet. Willy Simonsen was one of a handful of Norwegian engineers and scientists who had worked with new warfare technology in Britain during the second world war. Radio communications, radar and sonar were all important research projects at the time, and the engineers brought all their new knowledge and experience back to Norway once peace was established in 1945. Willy Simonsen had spent most of the war designing radio communication equipment, and he wanted to start a company to allow the Norwegian fishing fleet to use the latest technology. The first product was a radio telephone for the fishing fleet. This was our first maritime electronics activity.

Simrad radio





KONGSBERG established

20 March

This was a defining year for Norway. The nation penned its constitution - a crucial step towards independence - and Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk, one of the country's first industrialised factories, was established on 20 March this y ear.

Early years