Kongsberg Digital acquires Danish software specialist

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Anders Bruun, CEO of Coach Solutions (left) and Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital

Kongsberg Digital has acquired Coach Solutions, a vessel performance and monitoring software specialist spun off by Danish shipping company Clipper Group in 2016. Since then the company has grown rapidly, and its software currently has over 900 licenses running

Coach supplies vessel operators, owners, pool managers and technical managers with a suite of tools for vessel performance, weather routing and noon reporting. Its solutions allow its customers to optimize energy consumption and receive constantly up to date weather routing, enabling large economic and environmental savings from their operations.

The software tools have a natural fit with Kongsberg Digital’s maritime portfolio, and the addition of Kongsberg Digital’s resources and global network will accelerate the company’s growth. Its new name will be Kongsberg Coach Solutions.

“The strength of Coach Solutions’ product offering is evident in their rapid growth. Their ability to deliver solutions that address the most urgent needs of their clients demonstrates the team’s insight into the customers’ pain points and level of digital maturity. Coach’s software is highly complementary to the portfolio of maritime digital solutions we offer and will be of strategic importance in our further development,” says Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital.

“Joining Kongsberg Digital is a fantastic step forward for Coach, so we can continue delivering business value to our clients. Kongsberg Digital has an unrivaled ability to unlock the value of digital data with its Kognifai intrastructure. We in Coach very much look forward to joining the Kongsberg family and be part of the journey of digitalizing the world fleet,” says Anders Bruun, CEO of Coach Solutions.

Kongsberg Coach Solutions will be integrated in Kongsberg Digital’s Maritime Digital Solutions portfolio, offering digitalization solutions to the maritime sector. The solutions will complement Kongsberg’s Vessel Insight data infrastructure solution and the Kognifai Maritime Ecosystem.

“Coach Solutions completes our range of maritime digital solutions to the merchant marine market. Coach Solutions’ software is simple to install and use, giving customers key tools and a foundation on which to start their digitalization. We are happy to welcome the team onboard and look forward to working with Kongsberg Coach Solutions as part of the Kongsberg family,” says Vigleik Takle, SVP, Maritime Digital Solutions at Kongsberg Digital.

”We are pleased to have been the early developer of Coach,” says Peter Norborg, Group CEO, Clipper Bulk A/S. “Based on continuous input from our organization Coach has developed one of the industry’s leading software solutions for optimizing vessel performance and routing. But software development is not a core competence for Clipper, and we are glad that, in Kongsberg, Coach will have a dedicated long-term technology focused owner who can accelerate Coach’s development and deployment.”

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