Another test zone for autonomous vessels have been approved by the Coastal Authorities in Norway:
This zone is close to the Simrad/Kongsberg facilities and the area where the Yara Birkeland will operate in a couple of years.
The first zone to be approved is in Trondheimsfjorden, close to SINTEF, MARINETEK and the main NTNU Campus.
The second zone was established in Storfjorden, near Aalesund and Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre (NMK) and NTNU’s Campus Aalesund.
Rolls-Royce Marine, Inmarsat and several others involved in the development of ships and marine technology are situated in NMK.
This is also where most of the shipyards that will be building the early autonomous ships and ferries are located.