Partners to ISTS

⇒ Project owner, manager and research partners

⇒ Public sector partners

⇒ Industry partners

Project owner, manager and research partners

The project was initiated by SINTEF Ocean (project owner) and ITS Norway (administrative responsible). SINTEF Ocean has a long history in maritime digitalization and standardization and has also cooperated with ITS Norway in developing a maritime intelligent transport system. USN is also a long time partner for both ITS Norway and SINTEF Ocean and was brought into the project to cater for the more societal aspects of standardization.


The project owner and one of the research partners is SINTEF Ocean. SINTEF Ocean is an independent and not-for-profit research institute that specialises in problems related to fisheries and aquaculture, oil and gas exploration, shipping, ocean energy and other sectors. Autonomous ships will create opportunities for new vessel designs and new business models. Contact: Svein Peder Berge

ITS Norway

ITS Norway handles the administrative management of the project and is the main link to the world-wide ITS community. ITS Norway is a membership association for all players in the transport industry. We are promoting the development and coordination of ITS in Norway. Contact: Jenny Simonsen or Ørnulf Jan Rødseth

USN Maritime

The University of Southeast Norway (USN) is the second research partner in teh project,focusing on the human factors related to teh process of standardization. USN is the country's fourth largest university, measured in the total number of students. We are approximatly 18,000 students and 1,600 staff, spread over eight campuses: Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland. The University of Southeast Norway was formed on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College. Contact: Marius Imset

Public sector partners

The public sector has traditionally played a major role in digitalization and standardization in the maritime area. This is in particular seen in the role that IMO has played, but also ITU and IHO has had important contributions in this area.


The Norwegian Coastal Administration is an agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications responsible for services related to maritime safety, maritime infrastructure, transport planning and efficiency, and emergency response to acute pollution. In ISTS they also link the project to the e-navigation activities in IMO as well as to authorities' efforts to support the maritime sector. Contact: Jon Leon Ervik

Norwegian Maritime Administration

The Norwegian Maritime Administration (NMA) has the ambition to be a key player when new technology is developed. This is important to ensure that we get early into the development process - especially considering that new technology also creates new requirements that have to be incorporated in regulations. We also believe that the development of new technology for automation of ship operations will create new opportunities to improve the safety and operation of existing ship. Contact: Svein David Medhaug


The Norwegian Mapping Authority Hydrographic Service is responsible for preparing and updating nautical charts, and covers all marine and coastal waters in Norway and around Svalbard, as well as polar waters. The Norwegian Hydrographic Service is required to facilitate safe and effective navigation in Norwegian coastal and marine areas. The Hydrographic Service undertakes this task by gathering, administering, processing and publishing official maritime information to a range of user groups. Contact: Gudmund Jønsson


The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) is an executive supervisory and administrative authority for services within postal and electronic communication in Norway. Nkom's overall objective is to facilitate consistent and reliable postal and e-com services across Norway. This provision of services must be robust, with sufficient capacity and functionality, and also forward-looking, of high quality and at affordable prices. Contact: Morten Frestad

Industry partners

The industry partners participate in the direct standardization activities in their respective areas. The partners also include Standard Norge, which is the Norwegian national representative to ISO.


Electronic Chart Centre (ECC) is a state owned company, delivering electronic chart services globally to producing Hydrographic Offices and distributors through the PRIMAR network. Our interest in e-navigation relates to research projects in regard to operational testing and the facilitation to support future standardized data products coming from IHO (International Hydrographic Organization). Contact: Svein S. Skjæveland

Standard Norge

Standards Norway is responsible for all standardisation areas except electrotechnology and tele communication. Standards Norway adopts and publishes some 1,500 new Norsk Standard (Norwegian Standards) annually. NS is adopted by Standards Norway based on national, European and International standards. Standards Norway is the Norwegian member of CEN and ISO. Contact: Bjørn Brunstad

Grieg Connect

Grieg Connect is a part of Grieg Logistics and provides agile software for ports, supply basis, terminals and ferries combining operational knowledge and state-of-the-art IT-solutions. In addition, Grieg Connect provides consulting services where we bring our experience and expertise to ensure correct implementation of systems and work-related processes. Contact: Vidar Fagerheim


NAVTOR is a significant actor within the area of e-navigation and is interested in seeing what effects digitalization will have on the future of the shipping industry. This also includes the provision of new shore based services to ship and ship operators. Contact: Bjørn Åge Hjøllo

Kongsberg Seatex

Kongsberg Seatex AS is part of the Kongsberg Group which is a world-leading manufacturer of, among other things, maritime systems, including sensors and control. Digitalization and standardization is a development that will have significant impact on Kongsberg's markets and we are actively participating in these developments. Contact: Cato Giil Eliassen

Kongsberg Norcontrol

Kongsberg Norcontrol AS is also part of the Kongsberg Group. It delivers maritime domain awareness systems including Vessel Traffic Services, Earth Observation, Long Range Identification and Tracking, Maritime Security, Critical National Infrastructure and Offshore Energy protection systems. Contact: Lene Vesterlund

Neuron Solutions

Neuron Solution was founded by Goodtech and NEW & Company in 2019 to develop and commercialise on Goodtechs proven data bridge technology. One of the areas that we work in is the maritime industry where data collection from various ship systems is our speciality. Contact: Roar Berge

Last updated 2023-10-13 by Ø.J.Rødseth @ ITS Norway