The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry gave a professorate to the Norwegian Shipowners' Assocation as a gift in connection with the Assocation's 100th anniversary in 2009. The Ministry of Trade and Industry is responsible for ensuring that the Norwegian maritime industries have competitive conditions which promote value creation in Norway. The Ministry further aims for Norway to be in the lead within maritime competence, research and innovation. The vision for this work was stated in the Government's maritime strategy " Steady as she goes ". The strategy states that Norway shall be a world leading maritime nation, and that Norwegian industries shall deliver the most innovative and environmentally friendly solutions for the future.