The Autonomous Ship Challenge 2024

Njord - The Autonomous Ship Challenge is a unique, international student competition, where participants are tasked with designing and building an autonomous ship. Teams are then invited to bring their vessels to the Trondheimsfjord, where they will compete in a series of challenges and events. The week before the competition, it is possible to practice from the 5th to the 11th of August for the participating teams. The 2024 Challenge will be held from the 12th until the 16th of August 2024.

The competition is held by and for the students, where our goal is to inspire innovation and smart solutions within marine autonomy, as well as creating a platform for personal development and networking.


You can read more about the rules and technical specifications for the competition in the Gitbook.
It is possible that Njord will have to limit the amount of participating teams due to time and logistic constraints. This will be based on the interest of registered teams. Further information will be shared by Njord shortly after the registration deadline.
The competition is an international arena for students to explore new ideas and concepts connected to the autonomous shipping industry. Teams will face real life problems currently experienced by the marine industry, giving them genuine experience with teamwork, prototyping, problem solving and innovation. The problems in the competition are created together with the world leading autonomy cluster situated in Trondheim, providing you hands-on experience with state-of-the-art methods used within ocean autonomy.

Who can join?

It is not necessary to have any former experience within autonomy or shipping, but we recommend that at least one team member has some experience with software development or similar. To join the competition, you and your team must be in an undergraduate or graduate program. You will also need to send in a form to Njord, where you can document team members (at least two), and a contact person from your university. There is no upper limit for numbers of team members, but we estimate that you will need approximately 4 students with some knowledge of software development and/or autonomous systems to be able to solve this years challenge.
We are glad to see you here! We are always looking for more teams to join the competition. Njord aims to be an international arena for students to be creative, innovative and real life problem solvers.


1. March
Deadline of participation agreement.

15. March
Deadline for deposit.

1. April
Deadline progress report.

1. June
Deadline of technical report.


Here you can find an overview of universities that are ready to take on the 2024 Njord Challenge! If you are interested in participating in the Challenge and don't see your university on the list, we encourage you to hit the ground running with a team of your own.

The registered teams are soon to be announced.


Our main sponsors are proud to provide the prize for the 2024 Njord Challenge! When the dust has settled and the jury has spoken, the most innovative teams will be rewarded for their efforts.

The size of the prize is yet to be determined, but will be announced in the near future.
The information you provide Njord will be used for Njord purposes only,
with the goal of recruiting and communicating with potential competition
participants or Njord members. All the information will be deleted upon request.

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