Innovation Norway has awarded ScanReach financing for a series of significant development projects to make operations safer, greener and more efficient at sea by bringing wireless connectivity to the maritime and offshore industries.
Courtesy of ScanReach.
Valued at NOK 18.5 million, the financing award is one of the largest support packages of its kind from Innovation Norway this year. The funding supports up to 60 percent of total contract costs. The contracts were selected for their ability to demonstrate innovation with the potential to strengthen competitiveness in Norway, while providing clear benefits for clients.
The five pilot projects will cover enhanced personnel protection for the offshore wind industry, retrofitting ships for real time monitoring of fuel consumption, a retrofit solution for environmental monitoring of hazardous areas and rooms on board vessels, wireless sensor solutions for automatic Man Over Board (MOB) and fall detection, and enhanced personnel protection for the oil and gas industry. Partners include Olympic Shipping, REM Offshore, Havila Shipping, Peak Group, Dess Aquaculture Shipping and Awilco Drilling. The projects start in 2020 and will run until 2022.
“ScanReach has spent the last five years developing a unique technology for onboard wireless digital communication through steel” said John Roger Nesje, ScanReach CEO. “Applying this technology will be a key driver for digitalisation and optimisation of the global maritime industry, while creating enormous opportunities for value creation in the Norwegian maritime industry”.