Telenor Maritime has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares of Finnish tech company KNL Networks.

“By combining the competences of both companies, Telenor Maritime is able to offer end-to-end managed services for the maritime market, including global access and access management of operation-critical data and cyber security,” according to a press release.

“Our vision of a greener future in the maritime industry takes a big leap forward with the acquisition of KNL Networks,” says Lars Erik Lunøe, CEO of Telenor Maritime.

“This affordable technology provides the industry with a unique opportunity to utilize digitized solutions, enabling them to make data-driven decisions, improve efficiency, gain competitive advantage, and work towards a greener, more sustainable future,” says Lunøe.

Pursuing the elimination of the digital divide between offshore and onshore industries, Telenor Maritime is now able to provide the same quality of experience at sea as on land to the whole maritime sector, increasing its profitability through operational excellence.

“Due to technological and topographic challenges, a full-fledged offer to the merchant fleet sector has been challenging to deliver, until now. KNL Networks has developed a unique system providing data access through a secure mesh network around the globe for maritime and critical communication markets. With this technology and Telenor Maritime’s expertise, the merchant fleet’s missing link is finally in place: a dedicated end-to-end channel for reliable, secure, and above all affordable access to business-critical information,” according to the press release.

“This positioning is unique in the maritime sector, making Telenor Maritime the only one-stop-shop for a digital transformation of the maritime industry. We’re excited about the opportunity to join forces with Telenor Maritime and to become a part of Telenor Group – a company that has over a century of history in the field of connectivity and repu- tation of being a trusted partner. I am confident that together we can lead the way of digitalizing maritime and help our clients on their digital transformation journey, as well as strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our cus- tomers in the critical communication segment” says Toni Lindén, CEO KNL Networks.

Based in Arendal, Telenor Maritime has been at the forefront of developing and defining secure connectivity standards for the maritime business since 2004. Today, the company serves more than 100 ship owners and 30 million people on board more than 500 vessels and offshore installations worldwide. Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators, connecting 180 million customers in 9 markets.

Marine minerals could create 21,000 jobs and a 20 billion dollars market for Norway in the next decades.

That is the most optimistic estimate in a new Rystad Energy report on excavation of offshore minerals on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

“We are looking to provide minerals for the green transition by utilizing the technology and competence from the Norwegian oil and gas industry,” says Anniken Hauglie, CEO of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

A successful transition to the low-carbon society depends upon the availability of certain minerals, such as copper, cobalt, zinc and several rare earth minerals. Without these minerals, the transition from molecules to electrons – that is from fossil fuels to renewable energy – will come to a halt.

“The onshore deposits of these minerals will be exhausted at some point, which is why we need to turn our attention to offshore deposits. Norway is likely to have viable resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, but this remains to be further explored,” says Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Senior Partner at Rystad Energy.

His report shows that Norway can draw on 50 years of experience from the oil and gas industry.

“The transfer of knowledge from oil and gas to marine minerals is extensive in areas such as exploration, subsea, topside, drilling, and competence on corrosion and harsh weather. We already know how to operate and make a profit in the ocean space. And we are likely to find the resources on the NCS which will enable us to build a profitable and important industry for the transition to a low-carbon society,” says Nicolaisen.

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru, received the report with great interest.

“We are moving fast to open areas for exploration. We are eager so accommodate risk capital, private companies and smart entrepreneurs willing to create new jobs within the field of marine minerals,” says Bru.

The Rystad report was commissioned by GCE NODE, GCE Ocean Technology, Blue Maritime Cluster, The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, Aker, Loke Marine Minerals and The Norwegian Forum for Marine Minerals.

“We see a great potential for GCE NODE companies to take part in this industry. We have the competence and technology necessary to succeed in this market,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of GCE NODE.

A new webinar shows you how to take advantage of the GCE NODE Strategy Program for Increased Competitiveness.

“I would absolutely recommend management teams to join this program. Our experience is that it was well worth the time and effort,” says Martin Albrektsen, Supply Chain Manager at Scanmatic.

Last Winter, Scanmatic took part in the GCE NODE program designed to further develop small and medium-sized cluster companies.

“We came out of the program with a great tool for identifying and implementing improvements in our organization. It was especially useful to have someone take a look at us from the outside,” says Albrektsen.

In two identical seminars on November 26 and December 3, GCE NODE will present the various modules that make up the entire program, that is the Flourishing Business Canvas, the Maturity Survey, Quick Wins, Deep Dive and the Business Development Lab.

More than 40 companies have participated in one or more modules so far.

“We look forward to exploring possibilities with even more companies,” says Egil Norman Olsen and Harald Holt, who will talk more about the program during the one-hour webinar.

Dates – select the date that suits you better:

  • November 26 at 14:00-15:00 hours
  • December 3 at 09:00-10:00 hours

Cost: The webinar is free for companies in GCE NODE and Maritime Forum South.

Language: Norwegian