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Wärtsilä calls for Oceanic Awakening

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The company says that it will begin the project by inviting key ecosystem players from the world’s most strategically important marine cities to join a newly established SEA20 forum for cross-border dialogue and co-creation.

Rotterdam, Hamburg and Helsinki have been announced as the first cities to support the idea, with Wärtsilä aiming to connect 20 of the most influential marine cities by 2020 into a cooperative network that will embrace digitalisation and support the adoption and deployment of best practices.

“We simply cannot afford to wait for the marine and energy industries to evolve at their own pace,” said Wärtsilä’s president and CEO Jaakko Eskola.

“The calls for greater efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity are simply too strong to be ignored. Rapid acceleration to benefit the entire sector, as well as society at large, is urgently required, and ‘An Oceanic Awakening’ is our wake-up call to everyone, heralding the beginning of our journey to making the future of shipping and energy a reality.”

Wärtsilä’s vision includes development of innovation hubs at SEA20 cities’ port areas, dedicated to the piloting of developments that may potentially be realised more fully in the same port or elsewhere following a small-scale test phase.{/mprestriction}

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