Marine vehicles

Liquid water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and waterways have been the lifeline of civilization since the dawn of man. Vehicles capable of traversing the vast distances and often turbulent waters of the Earth’s oceans have been – and continue to be – vital to civilization. The majority of the world’s goods are transported by ship. Fish and the bounty of the seas make up an essential part of the world’s diet. Vast quantities of oil and gas – and in the future, perhaps metals and minerals – are brought up from the seabed daily.

As technology advances and demands for subsea resources increase, it is expected that deep-water and subsea marine vehicles will play an increasingly important role. Both above and below the ocean’s surface, autonomy will become ever more important.

Norway, with its long traditions as a seafaring nation, large fishing fleet and with substantial reserves of subsea oil and gas, has invested significant research into ways to expand and improve upon marine vehicles in all their forms. NTNU is leading in this research.

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