Short but impressive history

The Norwegian subsea industry has been an adventure, and there is nothing to suggest that it is over. NCE Subsea’s history is not long, but it is impressive. Hard work has yielded success upon success.

Published: 4 June 2015
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Ole-Gunnar Søgnen, Head at Bergen University College

- The milestones are many in a relatively short period, says head at Bergen University College (HiB), Ole-Gunnar Søgnen. He represents the management of an institution that has been decisive for NCE Subsea's life and work. - The application writing took place in 2005. HiB was, along with ‘Gode Sirklar’ and the industry, the driving force of the initiative, explains Søgnen.

Milestones lined up in a row

From there, everything happened quickly. Here is the chronology of the most important milestones:

2006: Awarded NCE status. Start-up was 01.08.2006 with Trond Olsen as manager
2007: Engineering degree in Underwater Technology started at Straume, at the core of the industry
2009: Vest Næringsråd named NCE Subsea ‘Newcomer of the Year’
2009: The internationally acclaimed SUT Subsea Awareness Course was launched in Norway
2010: Civil Engineering Education in Underwater Technology started, a Masters collaboration between NTNU and HiB
2010: NCE Subsea signed international cooperation agreements with several relevant Brazilian NGOs
2011: NCE Subsea signed a cooperation agreement with Subsea Energy Australia
2011: UPTIME Centre of Competence for Offshore and Maritime Operations and Maintenance was established
2012: Introduced bilingual database for the subsea industry, SubseaIndex.no
2013: Engineering degree started in Florø
2013: NCE Subsea received the certification Gold Label of Cluster Management Excellence
2014: NCE Subsea established with offices in Florø
2015: Engineering degree starts in Kristiansund

Unique collaboration

NCE Subsea has also contributed significantly to making this important industry known to the general public, media and decision makers.

- To HiB NCE Subsea is perhaps the best example of collaboration with industry and the public, Søgnen says. When asked what will be the most important actions to ensure future growth for the industry, he concludes:

- The Norwegian subsea industry should join forces even more so that it will increase its chances of becoming a GCE even further. The NCE period expires in 2016, so it is urgent. Furthermore, I believe that it will be important to have good marketing gained expertise in underwater technology, which can be used in many other areas in marine and maritime focus, such as environmental monitoring.

This article was first published in the NCE Subsea supplement to Dagens Næringsliv, distributed 13 May 2015.

Contact Information:

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer
+47 908 75 888
owe.hagesaether@gcesubsea.no