Transport and logistics 2016

Trondheim Autonomous Shipping Testbed

Trondheim, Norway


Norwegian Coastal Authorities, Kongsberg group (private company)


Autonomous ships and associated technology,

An extensive area of the Trondheim fjord has been designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authorities dedicated to the development of technology for autonomous ships.

What was tested

Autonomous ships and technology; Sensor technology; Autonomous Subsea Drones

Testbed purpose

The test bed is aiming to keep Norway in front of technological progress in shipping. it is an official follow-up to the Norwegian Government's new National Transport Plan.


An area of a fjord open to testing of autonomous vessels such as underwater drones, ships and sensor systems. The area has light vessel traffic.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies

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