The Norwegian company was founded on 20th March 1814 as a weapons factory, Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk. Today the group remains a defence contractor, but its maritime branch – founded after the Second World War – supplies automation systems for commercial shipping.
In the 1950s, Kongsberg company Simrad marketed echosounder and sonar technology, making hydroacoustics available outside of the military for the first time. In 1969, Kongsberg Norcontrol installed the first computerised engine monitoring and navigation system on the M/S Taimyr. The company then unveiled a navigational simulator in 1974 and an engine room simulator in 1978. In 1977, the first Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning (DP) system was put into operation on board the diving support vessel Seaway Eagle.
“Over the years, Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a number of firsts that have contributed to safer and more efficient operations at sea,” said Geir Håøy, president of Kongsberg Maritime. “We have strong ambitions to continue the development of innovative, new solutions to meet future market demands.”