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April 4, 2018

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Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg will constitute the first company dedicated exclusively to independent navigation

Joint venture Massterly will enter in activity the next August

The Norwegian shipowning societies Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg have announced that together they will constitute joint venture Massterly, the first company of navigation to the operating world in the innovative segment of the independent navigation that will have center to Lysaker, in Norway, and will enter in activity the next August.

"Those of independent navigation and the control from remote - it has emphasized the president and managing director of the Kongsberg, Geir Håøy - represent important developments for the marine industry and the leadership of Norway in this field is returned possible thanks to the grip cooperation between the Norwegian marine cluster and the Norwegian authorities. During the last few years it has been a fast development guided from a meaningful increase of the question by the customers of all the world, is of the traditional marine industry that of other fields. When the independent ships will be a truth, Massterly will be fundamental for the digitalisation of the infrastructure and the operations".

Kongsberg has remembered to have already place last May an important milestone in the history of Norwegian independent navigation with the announcement, with the compatriot Yara International, of the realization of the first world-wide ship to remote control and propulsion electrical worker, that it will be able to navigate in full autonomy from 2020(on 15 May 2017).

"Currently - it has found the managing director of the Wilhelmsen group, Thomas Wilhelmsen - we are at the beginning of this development, but we state and we believe that in the near future there will be a meaningful market for this type of services. Initially it will be the short sea shipping to use the independent ships. This will have also as consequence an increase of the competitiveness that will allow to transfer quotas transports from the road to the sea. The advantages will be an increase of the efficiency and a reduction of the emissions. For Norway, as a nation marine - it has emphasized Wilhelmsen - this will be a contribution important in order to reach the objectives of sustainable development of the United Nations".

"As a nation marine leader world-wise - he has added Thomas Wilhelmsen - Norway has assumed a position of first floor in the development of the independent ships and, with the creation of the new called company Massterly, we make the first step in this direction creating infrastructures and services in order to plan and to manage the ships let alone advanced logistic solutions correlated to the operations of independent navigation. Massterly will reduce the costs to all the levels and will be to service of all the societies that have transport requirements".

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