Left-right: Jørn Bersvendsen (Applica Consulting), Rune Schlanbusch (NORCE), Nori Tanaka (Yokogawa), Ann Marchioro (GCE NODE), Masoto Kawai (Funuro), Nagayuki Suzuki (Nippon Foundation), Trond Strømmen (Funuro Norge), Anne Lene Dale (GCE NODE), Marianne Engvoll (GCE NODE), Trond Rafoss (Fjordservice), Jan Robert Fiksdal (Aersea) and Takanori Maeda (Japan Ship Centre, Jetro London).

A delegation from Japan, headed by Nippon Foundation, visited GCE NODE and NORCE to explore possibilities for further collaboration.

“We are pleased to have taken one more step towards a joint project between relevant partners from Japan and Norway. Our goal is to further this partnership by submitting an application to the Research Council of Norway in 2020,” says Marianne Engvoll, RD&I Manager of GCE NODE.

In August 2018, GCE NODE, NORCE Norwegian Research Institute and Nippon Foundation signed an agreement to cooperate on research, development and innovation. The signature ceremony was conducted at GCE NODE’s stand at ONS, the oil expo in Stavanger, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador to Norway Masahiro Tauchi, and the Norwegian Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde.

The cooperative relationship between GCE NODE, NORCE and Nippon Foundation is focused on ocean innovation, including offshore oil & gas, offshore renewables and subsea mining. The ambition is to build a joint portfolio of research, development and innovation projects.

Parties are to cooperate on research, development and innovation projects and competence programs involving research institutions and industry in both countries, in addition to exchange of students, scientists, young engineers and professionals.

At a meeting in Kristiansand Tuesday, the Japanese and Norwegian sides introduced potential R&D collaboration partners, including Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Furuno Electric Co. Ltd, Applica Consulting, Aersea and Fjordservice.

Funuro presented sonar technology and showed how it can be utilized for aquaculture and fisheries. Yokogawa presented several project proposals that seemed relevant for drilling companies in the Agder region.

February 24th 2021

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