Research partners

SINTEF Ocean  performs research and development for companies in the field of marine technology. SINTEF Ocean is a company in the SINTEF group, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, and develops and verifies technological solutions, business and operating concepts for the shipping, marine equipment, ocean energy and petroleum industries.

NTNUDepartment of Marine Technology, educates MSc, PhD and postdoc candidates, and conducts research on marine systems and marine structures. Centres of Excellence include Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) and AMOS (Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems). The department is host for Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC).

Program for Industrial Ecology is an internationally leading institution within its field and has five authors contributing to the forthcoming WG III assessment report of the IPCC.

Faculty of Maritime Technology and Operations educate candidates on BSc and MSc level. The faculty is aiming to be an international knowledge and innovation hub in the field of maritime operations. This involves education and research in ship design and marine equipment as well as in the operations of vessels. Maritime operations can be regarded as the interplay between technology, human factors and business. In many cases it is in the interfaces between these areas that the inspiration arises to innovate and discover new solutions.

Business partners

SINTEF Ocean will host the Centre in collaboration with the research partners NTNU and NTNU Ålesund. The industry partners, who cover major parts of the maritime value chain, have gained their market positions through a strong focus on technology research and development: 

ABB is a leading manufacturer of electric power and propulsion systems for ships. The product range also includes advisory systems for monitoring operational parameters.

Bergen Engines is a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems  within the Land & Sea Devision of Rolls-Royce. Our medium speed gas and liquid fuel engines are supplied for a broad range of power generation applications.

HAV Design (previously Havyard Design & Solutions AS) delivers safe, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ship designs. HAV Design is part of the HAV Group (founded feb.2021), an international provider of technology and services for maritime and marine industries, with special expertise in digitalisation, energy efficiency and zero-emission solutions in the marine and maritime industry.

Jotun is the world’s leading provider of paint systems and marine coatings to shipowners and managers active in the newbuilding and dry-dock and maintenance markets.

Norwegian Electric Systems is an innovative, high-tech electrical company with a focus on diesel electric and hybrid electric systems for the global marine market.

Kongsberg Maritime (replacing former SFI partner Rolls-Royce Marine, fully integrated part of Kongsberg Maritime since April 2019) specialises in the development and delivery of integrated vessel concepts for traditional merchant vessels, ROPAX and fishing vessels, as well as offshore and research vessels and offshore installations. It supplies products and systems for advanced mapping and surveying, sonars, underwater communication, marine robotics, and deliver deck machinery, propulsion, electrical, automation and control solutions. The unification and combined expertise of Kongsberg Maritime and Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine covers a fleet of more than 30,000 vessels.

Siemens Energy  is among the world's leading suppliers of power generation systems, including diesel-electric propulsion systems for maritime application.

Vard Design is a major global shipbuilder, constructing offshore and specialized vessels used in offshore oil and gas exploration, production and oil service.

Wärtsilä Moss manufactures EGC, advanced inert gas and nitrogen solutions for marine and offshore oil and gas applications. Wärtsilä Norway (parent) delivers solutions for ship machinery, propulsion, automation, ship design, automation systems and liquid cargo solutions.

Grieg Star is a ship owning and operating company within the open Hatch general cargo, conventional bulk, with a fleet of 40 vessels. The ship management arm of Grieg Maritime Group either manages the ships or liaise with external managers for the whole Group fleet. All vessels are a part of the G2 Ocean pool, a joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Maritime Group

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi A/S (KGJS)  is an integrated shipping company involved in operation of tankers, dry cargo and specialized cement vessels. KGJS owned fleet: 13 Suezmax and LR 2 tankers and 2 OBOs in the SKS pool, 7 pneumatic cement carriers and Kamsarmax bulk carriers in the BTG pool.

Solvang is one of the world’s leading transporters of LPG and petrochemical gases. The fleet consist of 27 vessels – semi-refrigerated/ethylene carriers, LPG ships and VLGC (gas carriers).

Wallenius Wilhelmsen is a market leader in RoRo shipping and vehicle logistics, managing the distribution of cars, trucks, rolling equipment and breakbulk to customers all over the world. WW controls 125 vessels servicing 15 trade routes to six continents. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean operates an extensive fleet of about 50 RoRo vessels, capable of carrying a mix of products, from auto, construction, mining and agriculture machinery to various breakbulk products.

Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of transportation and logistics services within the Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) segment, with corporate head office is located in Oslo. Höegh Autoliners operates a fleet of owned and long-term charter PCTCs with capacity ranging from 2 300 to 8 500 ceu, and an average age of 10 years.

Torvald Klaveness is a shipping company operating since 1946, operating in the container and bulk segment. Klaveness owns and operates a fleet of 17 combination carriers from 200 to  562 DWT, and 6 Container vessels from 500 to 740 TEU.

BW LNG - BW Group is one of the world’s leading maritime groups in the tanker, gas and offshore segments. BW 's principal business areas are: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, Product tankers, Offshore floating production vessels (FPSO), Floating gas infrastructure.

Odfjell. The Odfjell Group is one of the world leaders in the global market for seaborne transportation and storage of chemicals and other specialty bulk liquids. The fleet consists of five main categories: Supersegregators with multiple segregations, large stainless steel chemical tankers, medium stainless steel chemical tankers, coated tonnage and regional fleets in Asia and South America. 

DNV is the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society and a leading technical advisor to the maritime, energy and oil & gas industries. DNV provides R&D services and develops advanced software tools.

The Coastal Shipowners Association (Kystrederiene)  - Our main task is to promote the scope for sea transport and marine services by innovation and environmental-friendly solutions.
We are seeking to achieve this by bringing sea transport and marine service suppliers together in coordinated dialogue with authorities and policy makers.

The Norwegian Maritime Authority has jurisdiction over ships registered in Norway and foreign ships arriving Norwegian ports.

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association is a non-government organization serving more than 160 companies in the field of Norwegian shipping and offshore activities.


If mutually beneficial for all parties, the Centre will be open to include additional industry partners in the SFI project at a later stage.