DIMECC, leader of the ‘One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem’, has opened what it says is the first globally available test area for autonomous vessel projects in Finland. The test area will be open to anyone wishing to examine the success of their research into unmanned ship systems in open waters, the company says.
A new industry group calling itself the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance has been officially launched in Shanghai, featuring maritime industry partners including class organisations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers aiming to advance the development of autonomous shipping.
Wärtsilä and US-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a renewal of their existing performance-based service agreement, under which Wärtsilä’s range of digital monitoring services will be deployed to ensure that the engines on board 10 NCLH cruise ships run at optimum performance levels.
Wärtsilä has introduced its new SmartPredict system, developed by the company's Dynamic Positioning unit to reduce manoeuvring risks by displaying the vessel’s predicted future position and heading.
Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a new joint venture company agreement to focus on the growing Chinese electrical & automation (E&A) market, especially for high-tech ship applications.
Wärtsilä and PGS Geophysical have signed a service agreement that makes Wärtsilä the preferred service supplier for engines and other Wärtsilä equipment, and includes the provision of condition based maintenance (CBM) services with automatic transfer of data from the installations to a CBM centre on shore.
Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Estonia based Tallink Grupp covering the new RoPax ferry M/S Megastar on the Tallinn - Helsinki route across the Gulf of Finland, a deal which includes Wärtsilä's Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and online remote support services.
Wärtsilä and cruise company Carnival Corporation have signed a 12-year performance-based agreement worth approximately €900 million, which will see digitalised data streams from vessel engines analysed by specialists for real-time optimisation of the equipment and prediction of operational and maintenance demands.
Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year maintenance agreement with MOL LNG Transport Europe, an affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group, to cover online remote support and all scheduled engine maintenance activities for two LNG carriers.
The EU-backed Sea Traffic Management (STM) project reports that it has entered its second procurement phase and is currently searching for an additional ECDIS manufacturer to get involved with the initiative to further test interoperability between various systems and providers.
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