World’s first test site for autonomous vessels

The initiative for the designated area in Trondheimsfjorden was undertaken by Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime, MARINTEK, NTNU and Maritime Robotics in cooperation with Trondheim Harbour, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. Two new members was invited in 2020, DNV-GL and Ocean Autonomy Cluster.

On the 30th of September 2016 an agreement was signed, where the partners signed up for a common intention of facilitating tests of new concepts and full scale programs related to autonomous vessels in Trondheimsfjorden and the surrounding coastal areas. The partners will share knowledge and experiences and contribute to the development of the test area.

The use of the test area presume the operation to be within in force legislation, and that necessary communication and surveillance infrastructure is established.


Kay Endre Fjørtoft

Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF
Mobile: +47 900 57 068

Gard Ueland Kongsberg Seatex

Vegard Hovstein Maritime Robotics

Morten Breivik NTNU

Terje Meisler Trondheim Havn

Trond Langmyr Kystverket

Svein David Medhaug Sjøfartsdirektoratet