Kongsberg Maritime celebrates winning the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year award at the highly regarded Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2022 in Amsterdam.
The Propulsion Systems Manufacturer of the Year award highlights the value of KONGSBERG’s extensive and growing portfolio of electric propulsion systems, including waterjets, thrusters, propellers, LNG solutions, generator sets and propulsion engines – which are usually delivered as part of larger integrated systems. Ongoing developments and innovations around electrification, dual-fuel and hybrid propulsion reinforce KONGSBERG’s role as a pioneer in propulsion systems.
Ottar Ristesund, SVP Sales Propulsion & Engines, Kongsberg Maritime received the award saying, “I am delighted that the jury has recognized Kongsberg Maritime for innovation and services enabling cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable maritime operations. It’s almost our mission statement here and it’s encouraging to see that our goals overlap so closely with the direction in which industry professionals believe the market is heading.
To be able to meet the growing market demand for electric propulsion, KONGSBERG has invested not only in technology, but also in the ability to supply it. For example, a new assembly plant was built in Rauma a few years ago where a new production line is in place, producing the KONGSBERG Elegance permanent magnet electric drives.
Another indication of the importance Kongsberg Maritime places on its e-thruster technologies, which are just one part of its extensive electrification offering, is the news that at Ulsteinvik work is in full swing to modernize the factory. “We demolished the old machine shop to make way for a modern assembly plant for our rim thrusters,” said Carl Davidson, production manager.
At the same time, the company was also able to call on its in-house team of naval architects and propeller specialists to perfect the hydrodynamic performance of these state-of-the-art thrusters.
Matt Ross, Editor-in-Chief of Electric Hybrid Marine Technology and Chairman of the Awards Jury, said: “The jury was asked to vote for the company they believe has contributed the most to the industry over the past 12 months, and in a world that in many places has come to a standstill, KONGSBERG has not. This award is not only for propulsion equipment, although KONGSBERG is a leader in this field. Equally important to the jury is all the key work KONGSBERG has done around integration, control, energy management and automation which further reinforces the benefits of a transition to maritime electrification.
says Ottar Ristesund; “The competition was tough, so we’re especially proud to have won the Propulsion Systems Manufacturer of the Year award to sit in our cabinet here alongside the same award we won here three years ago. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver safety, efficiency and sustainability to our customers and our propulsion and energy management systems, alongside our operational technology, are key to achieving this.
With a judging panel of some of the world’s leading marine journalists, industry experts and academics, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards are a sought-after accolade for technology companies committed to delivering green solutions for a sustainable future. This year’s live ceremony took place in the exhibition hall of the Electric & Hybrid World Expo in Amsterdam.
Source: Kongsberg Maritime