Swiss Ocean Tech

About Us



About Us

Safe anchoring for sailor, ship and sea


How it all started

Swiss Ocean Tech founder, Thomas Frizlen, spent his formative years navigating the Stockholm archipelago with his father on their Schärenkreuzer. In his teens, he worked at a Swedish sailing school, teaching sailing and navigation amidst the 30,000+ islands near Stockholm. His appreciation for the sea influenced his teaching style.   

Prior to pursuing engineering management at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Thomas taught wind surfing in the Maldives for a year. This diverse experience influenced his academic path. The pursuit of safer anchoring solutions has been a challenge that originated in his early youth and continued into adulthood.

Swiss Ocean Tech emerged when Thomas collaborated with like-minded individuals who shared his vision for safe anchoring. Their collective journey was fueled by a shared passion for enhancing maritime safety.

Our Professional Team

Thomas Frizlen, MSc

Managing Director and Founder

Suzy Chisholm, MScom

Head of Company Communications and Co-Founder

Stephan Nigg, MSc

Senior Hardware Engineer and Co-Founder

Erik Asplund

Erik Asplund, MSc

Hydroacoustics and Signal Processing Specialist and Co-Founder

Thomas Burch, Dipl. Ing. FH / EMBA

Head of R & D and Co-Founder

Jörg Wagner

Prof. Dr. Jörg F. Wagner

Intertial Navigation and Algorithms Specialist and Co-Founder

Andreas Schück

Head of Finance

Dr. Nikolai Kronenwett

Senior Algorithm Developer

Edgar Vela, MSc

Electronics Hardware Engineer

Dr. Mahdi Hamidi Rad

Algorithm Developer


Zen Master Nilo

Friend, sounding board & warmth provider

Our Board of Directors

Thomas Frizlen serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Frizlen is founder and managing director of Swiss Ocean Tech Ltd. First and foremost, Thomas is a sailor. He brings his passion and experience since childhood into the company and leads the team forward in their endeavour to bring safety to anchoring. From trade and training he is an industrial engineer and spent most of his career working with international companies in global supply chain management positions.

Matthias Oswald is founder and CEO of iWay. iWay AG is an Internet Service Provider offering the full band of internet services from a simple email account over dsl, ms exchange, webhosting, data center service to ip transit.  His entrepreneurial vein and his passion for sailing culminated in his investing in Swiss Ocean Tech Ltd.

Elian Kool is an Entrepreneur at heart with comprehensive experience in building and scaling digital companies. With Gentian Investments, he actively invests in early-stage startups and serves as a member of the board on various startups.  He co-founded Netcentric, a digital experience consultancy and scaled it to more than 600 employees across Europe.  After having sold the company to Cognizant in 2017, he continued to lead Netcentric as CEO until 2019.  In early 2020, he co-founded, a digital marketplace which aims to revolutionise the direct to consumer sales of wine with a storytelling approach. 

Andreas Schück covers the role of Treasury Director ensuring policies and procedures meet the objectives, needs and regulatory body requirements of the company. He comes with over 20 years of experience with accounting and controlling in the banking industry and brings vast know-how in building financial structures. 

Our Representatives

Our Values

Celebrate the individual

We celebrate and support the uniqueness of every individual. We recognize the strength it brings to our company. We check our biases, we are open to change, we accept differences, but we remain focused on a common goal.

Take safety seriously

We take safety seriously, integrating this mindset into all aspects of our work. We believe an anchored boat should never bring harm to man or marine life.

Trust & respect

We respect the basics of common decency. We trust each other and exemplify this behavior in all we do and with everyone we interact – without exception.

Honor the oceans

We recognize our responsibility to honor and protect the oceans in all we do. We are tied to the oceans and their health ensures our health.

Be smart, not complex

We provide smart solutions to complex problems.

Believe there is a way, then find it

We believe there is always a way: thinking out of the box, taking initiative, learning from mistakes and exploring uncharted waters.

Our Awarded Grants

European Commission
hightech zentrum aargau

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