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Friday, August 21, 2020 

The launch of the One Ocean sustainability project, which aims for international cooperation in building and exchanging knowledge for a sustainable ocean, has taken place in Norway.

One Ocean recognises that Norway, as a traditional seafaring nation, is well placed to use its knowledge and resources to create sustainable, global solutions in line with the UN goals for Sustainable Development in ocean science. A key component of the One Ocean project is a 19-month circumnavigation by the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which will focus in particular on education, climate action, undersea life and international partnerships, aiming to help build a sustainable maritime future.

In line with Kongsberg Maritime’s commitment to sustainable maritime operations, Kongsberg will be supporting One Ocean through its long-standing sponsorship of Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

“The excellent cooperation we have had with Kongsberg has been crucial to Statsraad Lehmkuhl now being the greenest sailing ship in its class,” said Haakon Vatle, GM Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. “We look forward to implementing further sustainable technologies on board, in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime.”

Kongsberg Maritime’s relationship with Statsraad Lehmkuhl stretches back to 1981, when the vessel was fitted with a Bergen KRM-6 engine. Since then, Kongsberg has supported the tall ship with propulsion and power equipment – including a 370kWh SAVe Energy battery bank installed in 2019 – and, most recently, with digitalisation solutions. Statsraad Lehmkuhl now uses Vessel Insight for energy management and fuel consumption optimisation, the Kognifai communication platform, and a full K-Nav navigation suite with radar, AIS and ECDIS.

Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime, said: “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Statsraad Lehmkuhl, and that our technologies will be assisting the vessel to operate safely and sustainably on this incredible voyage, as well as in navigating in some of the most challenging waters on the planet. Norway is at the forefront of the struggle to preserve our maritime environment, and Kongsberg Maritime is delighted to support One Ocean in this exciting and vital conservation project.”

Statsraad Lehmkuhl – which was built in 1914 – is scheduled to set sail from Bergen in 2021 and will call at 30 ports worldwide. The route has been designed to take advantage of established favourable winds, enabling as much sailing as possible and assuming a low average speed in the interests of sustainability. During the cruise, the crew of Statsraad Lehmkuhl will collaborate with the Institute of Marine Research and with universities in hydrographic activities and the search for sustainable solutions.

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