About us

Carrying on a proud shipbuilding tradition of our region

For the past three decades Umoe Mandal has been the leading supplier of high-speed, lightweight composite air-cushion catamarans and components for a variety of advanced applications in maritime, offshore and naval industries worldwide.

Located on an island just outside the town of Mandal in southern Norway, we carry on proud shipbuilding tradition of the region that stretches back several generations. Our state-of-the-art facilities are tailored for conceptual and detailed design, engineering, construction, testing and service of sophisticated all-composite naval craft and commercial vessels of air-cushion catamaran design.

We have particular competence in materials research and implementation of stealth technology. Our continued R&D efforts focus on high-speed technology, composite materials and construction methods, and environmentally-friendly production of craft with an eco-friendly footprint.

We strive to be a long-term partner for our clients and preserve a sense of enduring loyalty that extends far beyond the launching of each new vessel.
In order to maintain the best possible standards of our specialized technology, and to further optimize every new vessel, even in the same series, we build strong relationships with our clients through the years.

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Our heritage

Since the foundation in 1988 as Kværner Båtservice, a purpose-built shipyard specializing in composite Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) hull building materials and components, we have expanded towards design and manufacture of world-class naval GRP vessels, MCMV and FPB craft. In 2000 the company was acquired by Umoe Group and registered as Umoe Mandal AS.

Umoe Mandal AS is a privately owned company and is part of Umoe AS. Umoe Mandal AS is the main shareholder of Umoe Advanced Composites AS and Umoe Mandal Eiendom AS.

Through the years, we have established a solid international recognition for our mine-countermeasure vessels. The nine Oksøy class MCMVs built for the Royal Norwegian Navy are the first successful series based on a platform of Surface Effect Ship (SES) and air-cushion catamaran technology.

Soon after, we introduced a game-changing vessel series Skjold Class Corvettes – a Littoral Combat Craft (LCC) that combines Surface Effect Ship and air-cushion catamaran designs with stealth technology. We have since delivered a total of six Skjold Class LCC to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Our history of delivering pioneering naval vessels for over two decades has set the ground-work for expanding into world-class commercial craft. Our latest contribution to the Renewables, Oil & Gas and Defense industries is the WAVECRAFT TM series of new generation high-speed Crew Transfer Vessels.

Our milestones

Delivery of UMOE RAPID

2014 – 2017
Development of WAVECRAFT TM VOYAGER series for the Oil & Gas sector

Contract and production of three WAVECRAFT TM Commander series vessels

2011 – 2013
Development of new WAVECRAFT TM CTV series for Renewables sector

Development of WAVECRAFT TM was partly sponsored by the Research Council of Norway under innovation program MAROFF, Regional Research Fond, Innovation Norway and Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA).

WAVECRAFT TM awarded finalist place at Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator competition

2003 – 2013
Design, production and delivery of 5+1 Skjold Class FPB

2001 – 2008
Concept studies LCS, JMAC, T-Craft

Acquired by Umoe Group and registered as Umoe Mandal AS

1999 – 2001
Trials and US deployment of HNoMS Skjold

1998 – 2004
Contract for upgrade of 14 Hauk Class FPBs

1997 – 1999
Design, production and delivery of prototype Skjold Class FPB

1991 – 1998
Design, production and delivery of 9 MCMVs

Fully owned by Kværner with new facilities at Gismerøya in Mandal, Norway

Founded as Kværner Båtservice – shipyard specializing in composite Fiber Reinforced Plastic materials