Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2019


More eco-friendly solutions

Sustainable innovation

KONGSBERG has a long-term commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gases and other negative environmental effects. Our most important contribution is to use our technology and expertise to develop even more climate-friendly solutions for our customers. This effort will often coincide with the desire to reduce costs and increase efficiency and security. Our competitiveness will be strengthened as a result of these efforts.

Research and Development

KONGSBERG is investing heavily in the upgrading of our existing product portfolio and the development of new products. The upgrades and improvements to the product portfolio are focused on ensuring that our customers have access to new versions and improvements where required. It is also important to invest in existing products to ensure that they can continue to be produced and maintained throughout their lifecycle. In recent years, KONGSBERG has spent between a third and half of its R&D investments on the development and innovation of new products and services, and in 2019 this amounted to around MNOK 950. A significant portion of this, around MNOK 350, was spent on products and areas that directly support the UN’s sustainable development goals.


We deliver systems for integrated maritime automation and navigation, cargo management and level sensors, temperature sensors and pressure transmitters to the merchant marine and passenger market. Our bridge systems ensure safe and efficient passage for vessels around the world. Our control and monitoring technology continues to introduce new efficiencies for ships, enabling smarter, more profitable operation through fuel reduction, hybrid solutions and process automation. Yara Birkeland is at the forefront of the initiative where 40,000 lorry loads annually will switch from roads to zero-emission vessels.


Our most important contribution is to use our technology and expertise to develop even more climate-friendly solutions for our customers. We have engaged in ocean farming that provides climate friendly food production, and we are at the forefront of developing battery-powered autonomous ships.


Food and life under water are key elements in the UN’s sustainable development goals. KONGSBERG is investing in solutions for offshore aquaculture, which will enable the development of solutions to move fish farms further away from the coast, where local pollution and fish health are less challenging. KONGSBERG is also perfecting solutions to increase our knowledge of developments in fishery resources in the ocean, which will in turn help to combat overfishing.

We are a world-leading manufacturer of scientific instruments for research on fisheries. Single beam and multibeam echosounders and sonars are used on research vessels globally, where scientists rely on our technology and precise measurements.


KONGSBERG has been working with Ocean Farming to develop the world’s first digital ocean farm, “Ocean Farm 1”.

Defence and security

Many of the major innovation projects for the defence sector also have applications in the civil sector which are of importance for the sustainable development goals. KONGSBERG is developing and supplying solutions for the remote control of air navigation services in Norway’s short runway network, based on technology originally developed for defence purposes. This exploits the potential for viable local communities and is an example of the crossover use of technology.

KONGSBERG has, in cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces, developed anti-ship missiles that help secure national sovereignty in Norwegian ocean territories, air defence systems that secure our military airbases, weapon stations that secure our armed forces and technology that monitors maritime transport. A national defence industry contributes to make Norway less vulnerable and will secure our autonomy as a democracy.


KONGSBERG has extensive experience in automation, analysis and sensors. This is how we can provide the energy industry with applications and features for smart data and decision support.

Sustainable innovation

World’s first Hybrid Powered Expedition Cruise Ships

World’s first Hybrid Powered Expedition Cruise Ships

KONGSBERG’s hybrid diesel/battery installation reduces Hurtigruten’s fuel consumption and emissions on its new Polar Expeditionary cruise ships. Hurtigruten and shipbuilder Kleven worked with KONGSBERG on MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. Their goal is to ensure they operate emission-free in sensitive areas while meeting environmental and reliability requirements dictated by the harsh polar conditions.

A ‘first phase’ system onboard the Roald Amundsen reduces fuel consumption. Fridtjof Nansen features a larger capacity ‘second phase’ battery pack. This enables fully electric sailing across greater distances for longer periods and zero-emission port operation. Hurtigruten aims to upgrade the first ship to the same battery system.

For zero-emissions mode, Kongsberg Maritime’s SAVe Energy Storage system powers the complete system, eliminating the need for running engines. KONGSBERG’s AZP 120L-PM thrusters provides propulsion and manoeuvring, whilst Kongsberg Maritime’s electric power system, generators, motors, switchboards, power management system, ACON integrated automation system provides power. The Kongsberg Energy Management System provides real-time information about the vessels operation, fuel consumption and emission levels.

The decision to invest in a hybrid solution was an important milestone in Hurtigruten’s goal of sailing fully electric expeditionary ships in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The technology, in combination with the design of the hull and effective use of electricity onboard, reduce fuel consumption by approximately 20 per cent. CO2 emissions are reduced by a similar amount equalling more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

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