New subsidiary to offer improved customer support in India and surrounding
Joint venture between Kongsberg Maritime & Norinco
From left: Torfinn Kildal, CEO Kongsberg Maritime and Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway.
The official inauguration and new office opening of the joint venture between
Kongsberg Maritime and Norinco, Kongsberg Maritime India Private Limited, took place
in Mumbai on 2nd April 2009. The ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour
H. E. the Ambassador of Norway, Ms. Ann Ollestad and the President of Kongsberg
Maritime, Mr. Torfinn Kildal alongside numerous guests from Norway, Singapore and
Project engineering, installation, commissioning & after sales services
Kongsberg Maritime India employees lining the entrance.
The new Kongsberg Maritime India office is situated in Navi Mumbai and is manned
by skilled and experienced service engineers. This support focussed facility is
capable of providing Project Engineering, Installation, Commissioning and After
Sales Services for KONGSBERG products such as Dynamic Positioning systems, Automation/Vessel
control systems, Integrated Navigation systems and Cargo & Sensor systems etc.
Intensive training program
Kongsberg Maritime India, of which Kongsberg Maritime is the majority shareholder,
began operations on 1st September 2008 with the aim of providing enhanced
customer support in India and neighbouring countries. To ensure the company's ability
to support customers through product and application knowledge, its engineers have
been engaged in an intensive training program, including K-Bridge Integrated Bridge
System training in Korea, Integrated Control System, HMI, DP, Cargo handling training
in Norway and extensive K-Chief automation system training.
Cost effective support
"We are fully aware that for every vessel owner and operator, time is money,
so we are committed to providing our customers with real-time, 24/7, cost effective
support," says Sreenivasan TN, General Manager, Customer Support, Kongsberg Maritime
India. "With a potential service market today of around 13,000 vessels, we are delighted
to be part of the huge Kongsberg Maritime family and the support and benefits that
come with this ensures that morale of everyone at Kongsberg Maritime India is very
The 'lighting of the Lamp' at the new office opening was followed by a speech
by the Honourable Ambassador of Norway, where she expressed her delight in the launching
of new Norwegian business ventures in India. The occasion was celebrated by a grand
reception at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bunder, which was well attended by high-ranking
officers and dignitaries in the shipping industry. During the reception, the Honourable
Ambassador addressed the guests once more, which was followed by a speech by Mr.
Torfinn Kildal highlighting the importance of Kongsberg Maritime India and its roll
in future support to customers.
Prior to the formation of Kongsberg Maritime India, Norinco has been an agent
for Kongsberg Maritime in India for several years, handling offshore and marine
products. Since its establishment in 1942, it has become widely respected as a high
quality representative of major Scandinavian marine equipment suppliers.
Kongsberg Maritime India was formed with nine employees but a recruitment drive
has seen this number grow to 23 since September 2008. The new subsidiary joins Kongsberg
Maritime's well established existing offices in Mumbai; Kongsberg Process Simulation
and GeoAcoustics, a wholly owned subsidiary offering sonar seabed survey equipment.
Today, Kongsberg Maritime's total employee count in India is 90, which has grown
rapidly from the two employees that established Kongsberg Process Simulation in
Lars Granbakken, Vice President, Offshore and Marine, Kongsberg Maritime has
played a key role in the company's expansion in India: "There is a lot of offshore
activity in India that we wish to take part in. In addition, we aim to further reinforce
our market position within automation. The new office will mean a strengthening
of our presence in the expanding Indian market enabling us to provide a more complete
range of products, support and service to our clients," comments Granbakken.