The Norwegian maritime service provider Kongsberg Maritime announced it is to shed another 100 jobs, bringing the total number of staff laid off since October last year to 200.
The previous 100 jobs had been lost through voluntary retirement, a decrease in the number of consultants used as well as internal transfers within the Kongsberg Group, the company told media sources.
“The slowdown in the offshore industry means approximately 100 permanent employees will lose their jobs at Kongsberg Maritime. Since October last year, almost as many had to go,” Kongsberg Maritime Communications Director Ronny Lie told Norwegian media sources.
Kongsberg Maritime Cuts 100 More Jobs
According to Lie, this downsizing comes as necessary for Kongsberg to be able to adjust to the market and ensure competitiveness in a continuously demanding offshore market.
This following the reduction in the company’s activities in the offshore sector as a result of the continued slowdown in crude oil prices, he stated further.
Kongsberg Maritime KM Dynamic Positioning Drillship
Most of the job cuts will come from the Kongsberg facilities, although other locations will be covered too, Lie added.
In the end of March 2016, Kongsberg Maritime had a total of 4,692 employees.
Kongsberg Awarded North Sea EPCI Deals
Just last week, Kongsberg Maritime was awarded a series of engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts with the Glasgow-based shipbuilder Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited.
The contracts cover deliveries to two ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets, the company informed.
The project will be executed by Kongsberg Maritime together with its wholly owned subsidiary Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME).
The ferries will be dual vessels so that they can operate on LNG and marine diesel and are designed to carry 127 cars or 16 HGs or a combination of both and up to 1,000 passengers.
According to the President of Kongsberg Maritime, Egil Haugsdal, the company has turned its focus onto electrical, instrument and telecom (EIT) packages directed at merchant vessels.