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Massterly Launches Remote Operations Centre in Horten, Norway

Massterly, the autonomous vessel operations company, has inaugurated its Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Horten, Norway. This strategic establishment signals a pivotal shift from the developmental phase to fully functional operational capacities, solidifying Massterly’s stature as a global pioneer in autonomous shipping.

Venturing into Autonomy

Massterly, a collaborative venture between Kongsberg Maritime and the Wilhelmsen group, has swiftly emerged as a frontrunner in autonomous maritime solutions over the past six years. The unveiling of the ROC in Horten epitomizes the fusion of cutting-edge technology with extensive expertise in ship operations.

Tom Eystø, Massterly’s General Manager, commented, “The opening of the ROC is a milestone in Massterly’s history and represents a big step forward for autonomous shipping. With the support of our owners, including our partners ASKO, Yara, and Reach Subsea, we are ready to lead the way in this new and exciting direction for the maritime industry.”

Shaping Maritime Operations

The ROC serves as the nerve center overseeing Massterly’s array of autonomous ships. It encompasses a broad spectrum of operations, from navigation and maintenance management to safety control, ensuring seamless fleet operations. Presently, the portfolio comprises vessels like the Yara Birkeland, shuttling between Yara’s factory at Herøya and Brevik, and ASKO’s MS Marit and MS Therese, navigating between Moss and Horten. Moreover, the forthcoming addition of the Reach Remote USV underscores Massterly’s commitment to innovation, slated to join the fleet in 2024.

The collaborative synergy between Kongsberg Maritime and the Wilhelmsen group has been pivotal in materializing this ambitious endeavor. By harnessing state-of-the-art technology and fostering a culture of innovation, Massterly is reshaping safety standards, operational efficiency, and intelligent solutions in the maritime domain.

Pål André Eriksen, Senior Vice President of Remote & Autonomous Solutions at Kongsberg Maritime, remarked, “Massterly’s Remote Operations Centre in Horten is not just a control room; it’s a testament to our commitment to shaping the future of maritime operations. Our collaboration has enabled the leveraging of cutting-edge technology and industry-leading expertise, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of autonomous shipping solutions, strengthening Norway’s position as a leading nation in maritime innovation.”

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