Kongsberg Maritime to boost its Indian operations with new facility in Kochi

Kongsberg Maritime has opened a new facility in Kochi, India, as part of a strategic drive to enhance customer support and prepare for future assembly of its waterjet products.

Located in the Maritime Park adjacent to Cochin Shipyard’s International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF), the new Kongsberg Maritime facility will provide local specialist technical support for newbuilding and other projects undertaken within the Cochin Shipyard, and general support for customers in the Kochi region.

Future plans include further expansion and investment to enable the assembly and overhaul of Kongsberg Maritime’s range of Kamewa waterjets, as part of a strategic move to support the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ strategy to develop more home-grown capability across a range of industries.

The newly established team will include Service Engineers, providing technical support for the wide range of products in the Kongsberg Maritime portfolio, including propulsion, handling and navigation systems.

Opening the new facility, Norway’s Ambassador to India, May-Elin Stener, said: “KONGSBERG contributes greatly to new technology in the maritime, offshore, aerospace and defence areas and has been operating in India for many years.

It is one of our flagship companies, in which the Norwegian government has more than 50% shareholding.

The KONGSBERG Group employs around 500 people in India, across defence and maritime, with 150 currently working in Mumbai for the Kongsberg Maritime business.

India is also an important country for the company’s supply chain, including supply of all major steel castings for the Kamewa waterjets sold worldwide.