Wärtsilä’s has unveiled a new industry initiative it calls ‘An Oceanic Awakening’, which aims to support the evolution of the world’s marine and energy industry into a single digitally connected ecosystem.
Wärtsilä and Cargotec have respectively announced partnerships with two separate maritime startup accelerator programmes, to support the development of new technologies for the shipping and logistics sectors.
Dubai-based Zaitoun Green Shipping (ZGS) is to lead a consortium aiming to create a new generation of container ship with maximised levels of efficiency in areas such as operations, cargo management, and energy usage.
Wärtsilä has announced plans to build a new €200 million Smart Technology Hub in Finland, which will act as a centre of research, product development and production for the company when it opens in 2020.
Wärtsilä’s Seals & Bearings division is to upgrade the repair and maintenance options for its products with the launch of new augmented reality and ‘smart glasses’ technologies.
Virgin Voyages has agreed a deal with Wärtsilä which will see the maritime technology company take responsibility for the maintenance of Virgin Voyages’ three new cruise ships under a ten-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement.
Wärtsilä’s Transas division has announced the signing of a new contract to supply a Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) to Norway-based fleet operator Wilson ASA, with the new infrastructure to include onboard navigational and communication components as well as access to fleet data from shore-based locations.
Wärtsilä subsidiary Eniram has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Athens-based Arista Shipping to participate in the Project Forward initiative, under which it will assist in the development of monitoring and optimisation tools for a highly energy efficient dry bulk carrier vessel design, based on LNG-fuelled propulsion.
Tests of a new autodocking system installed on the 83m ferry Folgefonn, owned by Norwegian operator Norled, have been concluded by Wärtsilä, with the vessel successfully completing actual harbour docking trials without the captain needing to take manual control at any stage in the procedure.
Wärtsilä has signed a partnership deal with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D, covering four different streams: digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessels and port operations.
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