Management at Kongsberg Maritime, a division of the large industrial firm Kongsberg Gruppen, announced Monday that 200 jobs will be cut in a downsizing linked to the slowdown in the oil industry. It remained unclear exactly which jobs would disappear.
The company delivers various products and services within navigation, surveillance and management of vessels, offshore oil rigs and platforms and underwater equipment like remote-controlled mini-submarines.
Employees were called into meetings on Monday. “We reported that around 200 employees will be affected, but the division of job losses hasn’t been made yet,” Kongsberg spokesman Ronny Lie told state broadcaster NRK. He expected more details within the next few weeks.
He noted that while Kongsberg’s staff was well aware of cutbacks in the oil, offshore supply and maritime sectors, “this is difficult to digest. We’re taking this very seriously.”