This paper describes the main objectives and early achieved results from the MARENOR project. MARENOR is financed by the Research Council of Norway as well as Norwegian industry partners from oil and gas (EM survey company EMGS), fisheries (shipping company and shrimp trawler Remoy), positioning and navigation suppliers (Kongsberg Seatex and Polar Science Guiding) and telecommunication service suppliers (Telenor Satellite Broadcasting). Academic partners are MARINTEK, SINTEF ICT, University of Svalbard from Norway and Wroclaw University of Technology from Poland. MARENOR was kicked off in February 2012 and will end in February 2015. Test equipment for measuring system performance of navigation and communication systems in the High North has been installed at two vessels (Atlantic Guardian and Remoy) and at Kjell Henriksen Observatory at Svalbard. The data to be measured include performance parameters from navigation and communication systems, ionospheric parameters, atmospheric parameters, ship movements and positions.