Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg have joined forces to take the next step in autonomous shipping. These two strong and innovative companies each own 50% of Massterly AS, which started operations on 1st September 2018.
Massterly will offer services for the customers’ entire value chain for autonomous ships; from vessel design and approval from relevant authorities, to control systems, logistics services, vessel operations, insurance and possible assistance on financing.
Autonomy introduces a new competition area for short-sea shipping and opens a larger market for maritime players. Massterly are not competing with existing vessels, but with land transport and polluting trucks. Autonomous ships also provide significant safety benefits, as 75% of maritime accidents are caused by human error. Autonomous ships are good for business, for the environment and improves safety both at sea and land.
Pia Meling is heading Massterly’s activities in Sales & Marketing, coming from the role as Area Sales Director (Nordics & UK) for as Wilhelmsen Ships Service. She holds an MBA and has 18 years of varied international work experience, of which 16 years in shipping and the maritime industry.
She spent 11 years with the leading Norwegian ship owner Klaveness. Her roles have varied from financial analysis and running IT projects to trading vessels and negotiating commercial contracts, before finding her passion within Sales & Marketing.