Kongsberg Maritime, a part of Kongsberg Gruppen, has reached an agreement to acquire Norway-based ship simulation and consultancy company Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre (SMSC).
Expected to be wrapped up in January 2016, the acquisition will support Kongsberg’s maritime simulation and training business.
Kongsberg Maritime, which offers various ship technologies and simulator training in merchant marine, navy and offshore sectors, said that an increase in critical and sophisticated maritime operations has necessitated enhancement in the quality of simulator training to ensure safety and efficacy.
The company’s suite of bridge and engine room simulators was recently installed in France’s new maritime simulator facility in Le Havre.
Following the acquisition, SMSC will enable Kongsberg to support its shipyard and offshore customers with simulation services on ship modelling and engineering projects as well as pre-simulation and operational advocacy.
Kongsberg Maritime CEO Geir Håøy said: "The acquisition of SMSC will in all aspects strengthen our market position.
"SMSC will be an integrated as part of Kongsberg Maritime and continue its activities in Trondheim.
"We already have substantial operations in the city and close involvement with innovative technology environments there, including NTNU, Marintek and Ocean Space Centre."
The existing customer base of Kongsberg subscribed to its simulator enterprise, can expect to leverage on a new range models.
Established in 1980, Trondheim-based SMSC offers maritime courses and simulation of marine operations. It engineers its own simulators and models to be used for training purposes and operational conceptual evaluations.
SMSC’s outgoing chairman Kaare Gisvold said: "SMSC has a strong research community, which by becoming a part of Kongsberg Maritime’s international simulator enterprise, will have the opportunity to develop its potential further."
Image: SMSC offers maritime courses and simulation of marine operations. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime AS.