Norway puts digital development high on the agenda
Norway is investing heavily in the digital transformation to build economic growth with a new position paper set to revel government backing for a digital maritime future.
The Scandinavian country backs the development of technology, particularly digitisation of business processes within the maritime sector, according to State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry & Fisheries, Dilek Ayhan.
Talking to journalists in Oslo this week, Ayhan reiterated the importance of the maritime sector economically. She pointed to how technology trends and digital software affect the country, and that a white paper is set to be launched outlining the government support for this business transformation.
According to Ayhan, this white paper will discuss new trends in digitalisation, including the Internet of Things, big data, and robotics, and what they mean for the future of the industry. The Norwegian maritime sector wants to stay competitive and if this comes from developing new connected and digital technology that are also green, then they will encourage it.
Ayhan believes that growth is based on knowledge. In order to ensure Norway becomes a leading hub in the growth of ocean technology and ocean management, capital will be injected into developing new solutions.
There are so many digital technologies hitting us, she said. Connected ship solutions and emerging technologies are gaining ground much faster than expected. Automated ships, drones, electrical power and liquefied natural gas are also growing in Norway at a quicker rate than previously predicted.
Norway is also committed to moving traffic from roads to short sea shipping, and sees the role of connectivity and digitalisation vital to facilitate this. But they also want to make sure in doing so they are a provider of green solutions.
This interchange of technologies will be very important in years to come to make operations more efficient and less impactful on the environment, Ayhan said.