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Hosting students from Oslo, Norway, at the MIT Sea Grant Design Lab for reduced carbon shipping emissions

A group of students sitting for a presentation with a female speaker in front of a screen displaying a picture of the MIT campus

A student working with wires and tools in the MIT Sea Grant Teaching Lab

The MIT Sea Grant Design Lab worked with Marsoft, an independent advisory group focusing on the maritime industry, to host students and faculty from Norway on October 16th. The students from the Oslo Handelsgymnasium – one of the largest high schools in Oslo – were part of an intensive program integrating training in programming with a rigorous science, technical, and mathematics curriculum.



“The visit was a wonderful way to introduce the Oslo Handelsgymnasium students to MIT – the lab experience plus discussion of research illustrated MIT’s ‘mind and hand’ learning approach.”

– Professor Chrys Chryssostomidis, MIT Sea Grant Design Lab

Arlie Sterling, President of Marsoft Inc., commented, “The MIT/Marsoft decarbonization in shipping research program is intended to identify and take advantage of opportunities to quickly reduce carbon emissions from shipping.  The visitors had a chance to see the close links between the laboratory and the business of shipping.”

A group of students in a makerspace workshop listening to an instructorMIT Sea Grant Research Education Specialist Dr. Tom Consi provides a training session in the Teaching Lab workshop.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to learn more about MIT and the shipping business. And the projects presented by Professor Chryssostimidis are a great way for our students to participate in important research relevant for the environment and business” commented Vigdis Oskarsdottir, faculty leader for the visit to MIT.

MarineTraffic provided vessel tracking videos for the program, as seen below.

A map showing shipping routes between the Northeast US and Europe, including Norway.

A version of this piece was originally published by Marsoft.