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Wärtsilä launches Smart Marine Ecosystem strategy

Wärtsilä has launched a new Smart Marine Ecosystem strategy, which will focus the company’s efforts on four forces it expects to “re-shape the industry” – shared capacity, Big Data analytics, intelligent vessels, and smart ports.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“The world is moving towards a future that is more and more connected, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the shipping sector. The opportunities offered through smart technology will foster a new era of collaboration and knowledge sharing with customers, suppliers and partners,” said Roger Holm, president, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Wärtsilä’s ecosystem strategy is focused on eliminating ‘waste’, or inefficiency, in areas like overcapacity, inadequate port-to-port fuel optimisation, and time wasted waiting when entering ports and other high traffic areas.

In that regard, the company will focus on how shared capacity can improve fill rates and reduce unit costs; how Big Data analytics can help to optimise both operations and energy management; how intelligent vessels can enable automated and optimised processes; and how smart ports can drive faster port operations.

“Servicing our customers means supporting them throughout the lifecycle of their installations. This means that we are looking at the smartest way of operating and maintaining assets, as well as optimising performance in order to have the safest, and most environmentally sound and efficient operating profiles,” said Pierpaolo Barbone, president, Wärtsilä Services.

“In the future, we shall be looking more holistically at customer business operations. Instead of optimising a single vessel, we may be optimising a fleet, or even the customer’s business. In the long term, vessel-as-a-service becomes the ultimate means of providing asset and lifecycle management services.”

Wärtsilä has already opened a Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC), located in Helsinki, which is working on intelligent vessels and other new technologies. This will be joined by further DACs in Singapore, Central Europe and North America by the end of 2018.{/mprestriction}

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