News and events at IMT in 2015

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries visits the Marine Technology Centre

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Photo (Ole Martin Wold, Adresseavisen): Norway's Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker (from the left) inspects Salmar's aquaculture model when being shown around the Marine Technology Centre by Bård Wathne Tveiten (Marintek), Harald Ellingsen (IMT/NTNU) and Atle Minsaas (Marintek). (1 December 2015)

Norway’s Minister of Fisheries visits the Marine Technology Centre

Illustrative picture

Photo (Ole Martin Wold, Adresseavisen): Norway's Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker (from the left) inspects Salmar's aquaculture model when being shown around the Marine Technology Centre by Bård Wathne Tveiten (Marintek), Harald Ellingsen (IMT/NTNU) and Atle Minsaas (Marintek). (1 December 2015)

Read Adresseavisen's artikkel on the visit: Ingen snarvei til nye laksekonsesjoner (2 December 2015)

JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) visited AMOS/NTNU and MARINTEK on 25 November 2015 in order to discuss the development of cooperation and further actions.

JAMSTEC visit AMOS/NTNU and Marintek

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) visited AMOS/NTNU and MARINTEK on 25 November 2015 in order to discuss the development of cooperation and further actions.

Visitors from JAMSTEC presented the organisation and the work they do at the Agency and at the Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC), as NTNU offered insight into the work of its departments and centres: the Department of Marine Technology, Department of Biology, AMOS and the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-lab).

MARINTEK organized a tour of the laboratories at the Marine Technology Centre.

JAMSTEC was represented by:
  • Dr. Yoshio Isozaki, Director-General, Marine Technology and Engineering Center, MARITEC
  • Dr. Shoichiro Baba, Deputy Group Leader, Marine Technology Development Department, MARITEC
  • Dr. Yuta Yamamuro, Research Fleet Department, MARITEC
  • Dr. Takashi Echigo, Planning and Coordination Office, MARITEC

NTNU was represented by:

  • Professor Harald Ellingsen, Head of the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen, Director of AMOS, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Professor Thor I. Fossen, AMOS, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU
  • Professor Martin Ludvigsen, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Professor Geir Johnsen, Department of Biology, NTNU
  • Nina Sindre, Coordinator of International Affairs, Rector’s Office, NTNU

MARINTEK's representative was:

  • Jo Stein Moen, Vice President Communications, MARINTEK

PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen wins the prize "Årets Unge Rådgiver"

PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen wins the prize "Årets Unge Rådgiver" Read the article  (in Norwegian; 10 November 2015)

PhD graduate Arnt G. Fredriksen wins the prize "Årets Unge Rådgiver"

Read the article (in Norwegian; 10 November 2015)

The ultimate survival challenge: KonTiki2 starts its journey


Photo (Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition crew at the beginning of their journey. (1 November 2015)

The ultimate survival challenge: KonTiki2 starts its journey


Photo (Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition crew at the beginning of their journey. (1 November 2015)

On November 1st, the expedition KonTiki2 started. The expedition is the first attempt in our time to show how ancient mariners sailed the Pacific both ways. 

Two teams built two rafts and began their voyage from South America to the Easter Island and back – more than 5000 nautical miles. The teams are led by expedition leader Torgeir Higraff and chief scientist Cecilie Mauritzen, who will perform several types of research. Opera Software posts the voyages online, and a film crew produce a TV documentary.

This interdisciplinary scientific expedition is a unique opportunity for full-scale oceanographic research. It brings together the research fields of marine technology, marine biology, oceanography, anthropology and experimental archaeology.

KonTiki2 map
Picture (
Higraff/KonTiki2): The KonTiki2 expedition map. (1 November 2015)

The partners that are involved in the project are AMOS, NTNU's Department of Marine Technology, the Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-lab) and the Department of Biology.

One of the major goals is to quantify plastic content in the large ocean gyres.
The teams will also measure:

  1. Climate change and ocean acidification
  2. Marine litter: plastic and microplastic pollution
  3. El Nino and operational weather forecasting
  4. Marine life


Photo (
Higraff/KonTiki2): On board of one of the KonTiki2 rafts. (1 November 2015)

Find out more about the project on the project's official webpage and Facebook.

Media coverage:

AMOS scientists and students participate in Breaking the Surface (HR) training

BtS 2015 participants

Photo (Matej Krpan): Breaking the Surface 2015 participants. (8 October 2015)

AMOS scientists and students participate in Breaking the Surface (HR) training

BtS 2015 participants

Photo (Matej Krpan): Breaking the Surface 2015 participants. (8 October 2015)

AMOS scientists and students visited Breaking the Surface 2015 (BtS) held from 4th till 11th October in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.

Breaking the Surface is a field training program that combines academic lectures in marine robotics and robotics application areas, hands-on working experience in the sea, and demonstrations of marine technologies (various equipment, projects and companies).

BtS is organized in four program tracks:

  • marine robotics (MAROB)
  • marine biology and marine nature protection (MARBIO)
  • maritime security, naval and cost guard operations (MARSEC)
  • maritime, nautical and ship archaeology (MARCH)
  • oceanology (OCEAN)

BtS 2015 - lectures
Photo (Matej Krpan): lectures at BtS

BtS - EU FP7 project CADDY demonstration
Photo (Matej Krpan): EU FP7 project CADDY demonstration


Photo (Matej Krpan): vehicles demonstration

AMOS scientists and their lectures at BtS:

  • Asgeir J. Sørensen and Martin Ludvigsen: Towards Integrated Autonomous Underwater Operations 
  • Thor I. Fossen: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Marine Operations
  • Kristin Y. Pettersen: Swimming manipulators – a bio-inspired solution for subsea inspection and intervention
  • Geir Johnsen (with Jørgen Berge, University of Trømso): The use of Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging to identify, map and monitor marine life on the seafloor
  • Ingunn Nilssen: Integrated Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
  • Øyvind Ødegård: Towards Autonomy in Marine Archaeology 

BtS2015 - meeting between AMOS/NTNU and FER/UNIZG
Photo (Matej Krpan): Discussing future collaboration between AMOS/NTNU and FER/UNIZG - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. (8 October 2015)

Find out more about BtS: official BtS web page, BtS facebook, BtS programme

PhD candidates find northernmost ship wreck

the crew

Photo (Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU): the research crew. (September 2015)

PhD candidates find northernmost ship wreck

the crew

Photo (Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU): the research crew. (September 2015)

PhD candidates Øyvind Ødegård and Petter Norgren, together with other researchers and master students from NTNU and UNIS, have found the northernmost ship wreck.

Read the article and see a video of the ship wreck on NRK.no: Forskarane har aldri funne skipsvrak så langt nord før no: – Dette er berre starten (19 September 2015)

Finding the best design for the KonTiki2 rafts

kon-tiki film poster

Picture: Poster from the "Kon-Tiki" film from 2012.

Finding the best design for the KonTiki2 rafts

kon-tiki film poster

Picture: Poster from the "Kon-Tiki" film from 2012.

On Tuesday, 15 of September, Torgeir Higraff and his team who are preparing the KonTiki2 expedition visit the Marine Technology Centre to test models of their new rafts. 

Since it is not known exactly how the original rafts where shaped, and since the raft used by Thor Heyerdahl on his famous Kontiki expedition didn’t perform too well as a sailing craft, Higraff and his team want to test various design options, together with Assistant Professor Håvard Holm and Prof. Sverre Steen at the department of marine technology.

test of raft

Photo (Sverre Steen/NTNU): Test of a KonTiki2 raft at the Marine Technology Centre. (15 September 2015)

NTNU is also cooperating with KonTiki2 to equip the rafts with the latest in sensor technology and navigational instrumentation, and also to use the opportunity during the voyage to collect large amounts of oceanographic data.

Excerpt from the test report:
Three different raft models had been constructed by Einar and Ola Borgfjord at Kystens Arv in Rissa. Our initial hypothesis that a sharpening of the front end of the balsa logs leads to reduced resistance was quickly confirmed. After some further refinement of the designs, the final optimized design had half of the resistance of the basic design with square-cut log ends.

Prof. Moan shares his thoughts on working full time over 70

Read the article in Universitetsavisa:  Over 70 og i full jobb  (8 September 2015)

Prof. Moan shares his thoughts on working full time over 70

Read the article in Universitetsavisa: Over 70 og i full jobb (8 September 2015)

The Department of Marine Technology got 2nd place at Trondheim Marathon

Trondheim marathon 2015

Photo (Renate Karoliussen, NTNU): Some staff of the sporty department. (5 September 2015)

The Department of Marine Technology got 2nd place at Trondheim Marathon

Trondheim marathon 2015

Photo (Renate Karoliussen, NTNU): Some staff of the sporty department. (5 September 2015)

The Department of Marine Technology got 2nd place in the business competition at Trondheim Marathon with 676,5 km completed. 

New research project on floating closed fish cages

New research project on floating closed fish cages Professor Odd M. Faltinsen  is involved.  Find more information on iLaks:  Nytt forskningsprosjekt på...

New research project on floating closed fish cages

Professor Odd M. Faltinsen is involved. Find more information on iLaks: Nytt forskningsprosjekt på flytende lukkede oppdrettsanlegg i sjø (4 September 2015)

New spin-off company founded

New spin-off company founded Researchers from marine technology at NTNU have founded the spin-off company Blueye Robotics. They will develop an underwater drone...

New spin-off company founded

Researchers from marine technology at NTNU have founded the spin-off company Blueye Robotics.

They will develop an underwater drone that will be so affordable and easy to use that everyone will be able to explore the sea ground with them.

Read about it in Adresseavisen: Tar Trondheim ut av oljealderen (26 August 2015)

70-Year Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Professor Larsen

Callas and his PhDs

Photo (Asgeir J. Sørensen, NTNU): Prof. Larsen with some of his PhD candidates. (21 August 2015)

70-Year Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Professor Larsen

Callas and his PhDs

Photo (Asgeir J. Sørensen, NTNU): Prof. Larsen with some of his PhD candidates. (21 August 2015)

On the occasion of Prof. Carl Martin Larsen turning 70 years old, the Department of Marine Technology and CeSOS arranged a seminar on 21 August 2015 12:00-17:30 in auditorium T2 at the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim, followed by dinner at 19:00 at Britannia hotel.

At the seminar, there were presentations by Prof. Larsen and some of his PhD candidates as well as by professors Kim Vandiver and Mike Triantafyllou from MIT.

Here are the presentations:

Prof. Kim Vandiver (MIT): Undergraduate research at MIT
Prof. Michael Triantafyllou (MIT): Tuna fish hydrodynamics
Dr Elizabeth Passano (Marintek): Extreme response statistics
Dr Are Berstad (AquaStructures): Fish farm structures
Arturo Ortega (Aker Solutions): Flexible risers with slug flow
Dr Kristoffer Aronsen (Statoil): VIV of SCRs on Aasta Hansteen Spar - NA
Dr Jie Wu (Marintek): Inverse analysis of VIV experiments
Mads J. Thorsen (NTNU): Time domain analysis of VIV

Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Award established

In connection with the 70 Year Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Prof. Faltinsen and Moan last year, the Moan-Faltinsen Foundation was established at the department of marine...

Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Award established

In connection with the 70 Year Anniversary Seminar and Celebration for Prof. Faltinsen and Moan last year, the Moan-Faltinsen Foundation was established at the department of marine technology.

The purpose of the foundation is to promote research in the main areas of the two professors, marine structures and marine hydrodynamics, to encourage the young generation to pursue high level research and to reward young students or researchers in the form of an Best Paper Award for their outstanding work.

The Moan-Faltinsen Best Paper Award will be awarded to maximum two papers annually, one in marine structures and one in marine hydrodynamics. The award winner of each paper will be rewarded 10 000 NOK with a certificate signed by Profs. Moan and Faltinsen, the Head of Department as well as the selection committee.

The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet feature bomber found by marine technology students

The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet feature bomber found by marine technology students The Discovery Channel Canada  feature the bomber that was found by NTNU's...

The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet feature bomber found by marine technology students

The Discovery Channel Canada feature the bomber that was found by NTNU's marine technology students last year in their show Daily Planet which was watched by 8 million people.

Adresseavisen made a video about the visit: Discovery Channel på besøk hos NTNU (30 June 2015)

They also wrote an article about the event: TV-kanalen Discovery viser krigsfly i Trondheimsfjorden til 8 millioner seere (2 July 2015)

Postdoc's invention inspired by a whale's tail

video shot

Picture (MARINTEK): Video from the experiments by postdoc Eirik Bøckmann and his team. (11 June 2015)

Postdoc's invention inspired by a whale's tail

video shot

Picture (MARINTEK): Video from the experiments by postdoc Eirik Bøckmann and his team. (11 June 2015)

Watch a video from the experiments by postdoc Eirik Bøckmann and his team on Youtube: Testing a new wave foil (11 June 2015) 

Read about their invention in different international media:

Recruitment projects take off

pupils with boat

Photo (Anette Marcelle Hallquist, Ringerikes Blad): From the left: Karina Lager Bjerke, Martine Karlengen, Christine Skilbrigt og Thyra Benita Jacobsen with their model boat «Arctic princess». (16 June 2015)

Recruitment projects take off

pupils with boat

Photo (Anette Marcelle Hallquist, Ringerikes Blad): From the left: Karina Lager Bjerke, Martine Karlengen, Christine Skilbrigt og Thyra Benita Jacobsen with their model boat «Arctic princess». (16 June 2015)

The Department of Marine Technology engages in many recruitment projects with pupils. Teachers and pupils receive funding, educational guidance and technical equipment from the Department.

Ringerikes Blad reports from one of those projects: Helt propell da båt-prosjekt ble sjøsatt

NRK filmed another project of the Department where over 50 pupils from allover Norway came to experience ocean research: Elever med på havforskning

Wave power as ship motor: chronicle by postdoc

Wave power as ship motor: chronicle by postdoc Postdoc Eirik Bøckmann  wrote a chronicle in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv:  Bølgekraft som skipsmotor ...

Wave power as ship motor: chronicle by postdoc

Postdoc Eirik Bøckmann wrote a chronicle in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv: Bølgekraft som skipsmotor (12 June 2015)

Spin-off company prospers

Spin-off company prospers The spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS that is headed by the department’s graduate Dr Fredrik Dukan is stimulating progress. Maritim...

Spin-off company prospers

The spin-off company Norwegian Subsea AS that is headed by the department’s graduate Dr Fredrik Dukan is stimulating progress.

Maritim Elektronikk reports: Avanserte algoritmer løser navigeringsproblem (May 2015)

NTNU and Marintek renew their research collaboration with Rolls-Royce

NTNU and Marintek renew their research collaboration with Rolls-Royce NTNU and Marintek renewed their research collaboration with Rolls-Royce on 12 May 2015 during a ceremony...

NTNU and Marintek renew their research collaboration with Rolls-Royce

NTNU and Marintek renewed their research collaboration with Rolls-Royce on 12 May 2015 during a ceremony at the ocean basin of the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim. Therewith, they secured 130 mio. NOK in financing over the next 10 years.

Professor Sverre Steen who leads the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Trondheim was interviewed about the topic by the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen: "Rolls-Royce vil forske mer i Trondheim"

In addition, Gemini.no interviewed professor Sverre Steen: "Framtidas skip vil bruke bølger som drivkraft"

The marine structures group score international top grade

The marine structures group score international top grade Three international panels have evaluated 64 Norwegian technology clusters. Two of them receive the label “world...

The marine structures group score international top grade

Three international panels have evaluated 64 Norwegian technology clusters. Two of them receive the label “world leading”: SIMLab and the marine structures research group at the Department of Marine Technology.

Read the full report

Read more on gemini.no: “To NTNU-miljøer får internasjonal toppkarakter” (7 May 2015)

Find also more information on the website of the Research Council of Norway: "Rom for forbetring for teknologifaga" (6 May 2015)

Marintek and NTNU open new laboratory for hybrid ship motors

Marintek and NTNU open new laboratory for hybrid ship motors Marintek and NTNU have built a laboratory in Trondheim to develop hybrid ship motors, "hybridlab". Read...

Marintek and NTNU open new laboratory for hybrid ship motors

Marintek and NTNU have built a laboratory in Trondheim to develop hybrid ship motors, "hybridlab".

Read more about the new lab at petro.no: Marintek åpner lab for hybride skipsmotorer

as well as at trondheimhavn.no: Hele verden ser til norsk sjøtransport

and at sintef.no: Hybridskip snart på markedet

New cross-disciplinary project in Blue Mining

illustrative picture blue mining

Photo (NTNU): Deep sea mining. (5 May 2015)

New cross-disciplinary project in Blue Mining

illustrative picture blue mining

Photo (NTNU): Deep sea mining. (5 May 2015)

A cross-disciplinary project has been launched at NTNU within deep sea mining. The Department of Marine Technology is involved with several PhD theses.

Gemini.no reports: Vi kjenner månen bedre enn havbunnen

The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research visits the MC-lab

Norwegian Minister visits the MC-lab

Photo (Jo Stein Moen/Marintek): The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research visits the MC-lab during NTNU Ocean Week which took place 4-6 May 2015. From the left: Master student Jostein Follestad and Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research visits the MC-lab

Norwegian Minister visits the MC-lab

Photo (Jo Stein Moen/Marintek): The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research visits the MC-lab during NTNU Ocean Week which took place 4-6 May 2015. From the left: Master student Jostein Follestad and Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The minister later held a speech at the auditorium.

Over 450 pupils participated in the Ocean Space Race 2015

Winners at OSR 2015

Photo (Maria A. I. Gulaker, Marintek): This year's winners of the main price are from Haram senior high school. (6 March 2015)

Over 450 pupils participated in the Ocean Space Race 2015

Winners at OSR 2015

Photo (Maria A. I. Gulaker, Marintek): This year's winners of the main price are from Haram senior high school. (6 March 2015)

The Ocean Space Race at NTNU is an annual national competition for senior high school students where the students compete against each other with their self-made model ships in the ocean basin at the Marine Technology Centre. This year’s Ocean Space Race took place on 6 March 2015. There were 511 participants – 461 pupils and 50 teachers – from 27 different high schools.

See the video Marintek made from the event! (22 May 2015)

Teknisk Ukeblad commented on the event: Blant de mest vellykkede prosjektene for realfagsrekruttering i Norge (6 March 2015)

Marintek reported as well: Vellykket Ocean Space Race 2015

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha  was elected Corresponding Member of the ...

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Prof. Oleksandr Tymokha was elected Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. This very prestigious position is hotly contested in the Eastern world, Russia and China. (6 March 2015)

Students' conference: Mannhullets Skipsfartskonferanse 2015

Students' conference: Mannhullets Skipsfartskonferanse 2015 This year's conference's topic is the Arctic as a maritime innovation driver. It takes places 26 February 2015 at...

Students' conference: Mannhullets Skipsfartskonferanse 2015

This year's conference's topic is the Arctic as a maritime innovation driver.

It takes places 26 February 2015 at the Marine Technology Centre in Trondheim.

Teknisk Ukeblad reported from the event: Mannhullets Skipsfartskonferanse - Arktis er et veldig aktuelt tema

Dagens Næringsliv covered the event as well: Ser store muligheter i Arktis

The Norwegian head of government and foreign secretary visit the Marine Technology Centre

Erna Solberg visits the MTC

Photo (Jo Stein Moen, Marintek): Norwegian head of government Erna Solberg and foreign secretary Børge Brende visited the Marine Technology Centre on 14 February 2015.

The Norwegian head of government and foreign secretary visit the Marine Technology Centre

Erna Solberg visits the MTC

Photo (Jo Stein Moen, Marintek): Norwegian head of government Erna Solberg and foreign secretary Børge Brende visited the Marine Technology Centre on 14 February 2015.

The Norwegian head of government Erna Solberg and foreign secretary Børge Brende visited the Marine Technology Centre on 14 February 2015 in connection with the possible establishment of the Ocean Space Centre at Tyholt in Trondheim.

The Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen wrote about the visit in the article: Våt milliarddrøm i ferd med å bli virkelighet

Professors find Norway's deepest coral reef in the Trondheim fjord

korallrevPhoto (NRK): Professors of the Dept. of Marine Technology find corals in 600m depth on bombers from WW II in the Trondheim fjord. (2 January 2015)

Professors find Norway's deepest coral reef in the Trondheim fjord

korallrevPhoto (NRK): Professors of the Dept. of Marine Technology find corals in 600m depth on bombers from WW II in the Trondheim fjord. (2 January 2015)

So far, this is the deepest recorded coral reef in Norway.

Read the article and see the video on NRK.no (in Norwegian).