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Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFAS)

⇒ What is NFAS?

⇒ Secretariat

⇒ Benefits of membership

⇒ Applying for membership

⇒ Current dues

⇒ Statutes

For information about NFAS, please contact the NFAS manager, Ørnulf Jan Rødseth at SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim. Contact me also if you want to be included on NFAS's mailing lists.

Documents published by NFAS and material for publications can be found under the tab "Resources".

Check these pages regularly. New information about activities in NFAS as well as information material from our activities will be posted here.

What is NFAS?

The Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFAS) is an interest group for persons or organizations that are interested in the subject of autonomous ships. Membership in NFAS is open to individuals and organizations established in Norway. The official language is Norwegian, but much of the information material is in English.

The initiative to establish the forum was taken by the Norwegian Maritime Administration, The Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Federation of Norwegian Industries and MARINTEK (now SINTEF Ocean) in the early part of 2016. The interest in such a forum turned out to be large so the forum was established October 4th 2016 in Oslo in conjunction with a conference on autonomous ships. More than 110 people attended the initial conference and 30 organisations and individuals signed up to NFAS immediately after the conference.

The MUNIN Vision

The premise for the forum is that fully or partly unmanned ships will be an important part of the future transport system in Europe and the world. However, to get to a situation where such systems become a normal part of transport, there are a number of general challenges to overcome. This includes public acceptance, acceptable risk levels, efficient design and approval processes and more. These challenges are obviously better addressed by the industry as a group than individually, and that is also the basis for this interest group.

The objectives of the organisation are to:

NFAS is a forum for Norwegian organisations, but we also want to contribute to building an international network of similar organisations in other countries. There are many challenges in this area that need international cooperation and agreements, particularly for ships in international traffic.



For the time being, the NFAS secretariat is hosted by SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim. The secretariat will be the general point of contact and will be responsible for daily operations of the interest group. This involves organizing various gatherings and meetings and facilitating workshops.

The manager is Ørnulf Jan Rødseth.

Benefits of membership

Membership in NFAS contributes to more momentum in the development of autonomous ships as well as other autonomous and maritime applications of the technology. This includes technology, accept criteria, regulations and standards as well as building public support for these solutions. NFAS will also work to emphasize the importance of autonomous ship technology in national and international research strategies.

NFAS will be an information dissemination network for users, practitioners, authorities and others. This is intended to disseminate and develop new ideas as well as providing a discussion forum for finding good solutions to technical and operational problems.

Members of NFAS will also be able to participate in more formal working groups to undertake more specific tasks under the auspices of NFAS.

Finally, members will get exclusive invitations to closed workshops and seminars as well as discounts or free access to our larger conferences.

Applying for membership

Membership is open to all Norwegian Organisations and persons. To become a member, check the organisation sizes and dues below and fill in the Application Form (docx-format - Norwegian only).

Sign it, scan it and send it as email to the NFAS manager. Please include a company logo if appropriate, as well as short description of the organisation suitable for publication on our web pages.

Current dues

The 2017 annual meeting decided the dues for membership in the period 1. January 2018 to 31. December 2018. The dues are:

Membership Amount
Student Kr. 500 / year
Person Kr. 2500 / year
Small organisation (10 < employees) Kr. 5 000 / year
Medium organisation (10-30 employees) Kr. 10 000 / year
Large organisation (> 30 employees) Kr. 25 000 / year

Personal members will normally not be presented at the web site through their organisation.


Statutes are only available in Norwegian (see Norwegian pages). Contact the manager if you have questions.

Last updated 2019-02-22 by Ø.J.Rødseth @ SINTEF Ocean