Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime (KM) is a Norwegian technology enterprise within the Kongsberg Gruppen (KOG). Kongsberg Maritime deliver systems for positioning, surveying, navigation, and automation to merchant vessels and offshore installations.[1] Their most well known products exist within dynamic positioning systems, marine automation and surveillance systems, process automation, satellite navigation, and hydroacoustics.

Kongsberg Maritime
IndustrySolutions for merchant marine, offshore and subsea
HeadquartersKongsberg, Norway
Area served
Key people
Egil Haugsdal (President)
RevenueIncrease NOK 7,545 million (2018)
Number of employees
7,600 (1. April 2019)
ParentKongsberg Gruppen


Kongsberg Maritime's history dates back to 1946. Simonsen Radio, later Simrad was founded 31. December that year. The first product was a radio telephone for the fishing fleet. The first echo sounder for the commercial fishing fleet came on the market in 1950. The first alarm system was ready in 1959. Kongsberg Maritime has over the years absorbed a number of well known maritime and offshore related companies, including:

  • Autronica
  • Consultas
  • Contros
  • Embient
  • GeoAcoustics
  • KonMap
  • Kongsberg Mesotech
  • NorControl
  • Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine
  • Seatex
  • Simrad

The parent company Kongsberg Gruppen was established on March 20, 1814 as Kongsberg Vaabenfabrik (KV) (lit.: "Kongsberg Weapons Factory") and in 2014 they celebrated 200 years in business.


The main product areas for Kongsberg Maritime are:

  • Deck systems
    Includes complete seismic back-deck systems, seismic cable control, marine and offshore cranes and helideck monitoring.
  • Dynamic positioning systems
    Control systems that make it possible to keep a vessel/platform in the same position under demanding weather conditions.
  • Navigation systems
    Radar, digital chart systems (ECDIS), steering systems and integrated navigation equipment for ship's bridges.
  • Hydroacoustics, echo sounder, sonars
    High technology hydroacoustic products for seabed surveying, subsea communication and positioning.
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles & systems
    Free-swimming autonomous underwater vehicles characterized by great manoeuvrability and high accuracy for civilian and military use. Includes the HUGIN, MUNIN, REMUS and SEAGLIDER product lines of commercial off the shelf (COTS) AUVs. These AUVs have different capabilities and thus different applications and roles. A partner in the development of the Eelume AUV.[2]
  • Marine automation and surveillance systems
    Systems for surveillance and for controlling engines, cargo and propulsion on vessels.
  • Motion sensors, GPS, AIS and position reference systems
    Automatic systems for recording vessel identification, position, movement and cargo (AIS - Automatic Identification Systems). GPS satellite positioning systems.
  • Naval systems
    Acoustic monitoring and tracking systems, homeland security systems, naval sonars transponders and pingers.
  • Sensors and transmitters
    Sensors to measure temperature, pressure, tank level, motion and sissolved gases.
  • Tank gauging
    Systems to measure, monitor and control liquid cargos.
  • Underwater and harsh environment camera systems
    Underwater cameras, imaging technology and products to the Offshore Oilfield, Scientific, Maritime and Naval sectors.


  1. ^ Konsberg Maritime Products & Equipment Training
  2. ^ Liljebäck, Pål; Mills, Ricard. "Eelume: A Flexible and Subsea Resident IMR vehicle". Kongsberg Maritime.

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