Leading offshore vessel technology at Blue Maritime Cluster

Most of Norway’s strength in the field of advanced marine operations is concentrated within an hour’s drive from the picturesque town of Ålesund on the country’s west coast. The region is home for an impressive constellation of over 220 leading maritime companies and training, research and finance institutions that form one of very few complete maritime clusters in the world.

The maritime cluster in Møre consists of more than 210 companies which design, build, equips and operate advanced vessels for the oil-based industry globally. The aim is to gain recognition as the world’s leading and most innovative knowledge and expertise cluster within the next 10 years within advanced maritime operations.

Due to its leading position and its strong global presence, the cluster was awarded the prestigious status as Global Centre of Expertise – Blue Maritime by the Norwegian government. Over 75% of the world’s large, hi-tech offshore vessels are designed there. 40% of the world’s most advanced offshore fleet is controlled by the region’s ship-owners.

The cluster operates globally and its companies and products are known world-wide. While most of the companies of the cluster are home-bread, an increasing number of major international players, such as Rolls-Royce Marine, Inmarsat, V.Ships, VARD or Bourbon, are seeking their place in the cluster.

The cluster is composed by:

  • 13 design companies
  • 14 ship yards
  • 20 ship-owner companies
  • 169 equipment suppliers
  • 22.500 employees
  • 40% of the world’s modern fleet

Read more about the GCE Program here.

World’s most advanced offshore simulator centre

OSC is the world’s most advanced provider of simulators for demanding offshore operations. The centre is able to achieve this due to high level operational know-how from the maritime cluster in Norway mixed with advanced computer technology, sophisticated mathematical models and state of the art 3D graphics display systems. This includes complete offshore vessel bridges with all relevant controls and systems.


Brazilian journalists from oil and gas and maritime media vehicles visited GCE Blue Maritime and the Offshore Simulator Centre during a technology press trip to Norway in 2014. Photo: Guilherme Mendes/Innovation Norway.

Using intelligent software and interfaces, the technology is able to produce solutions where one can change the vessel’s environment including altering the weather, winds, waves and time of day at the touch of a button.

Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting the Norwegian industry abroad. Our office in Rio de Janeiro manages Innovation House Rio, our business incubator office, and helps Norwegian companies in their efforts towards the Brazilian market.

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