Finnish technology group Wärtsilä launched a lifeboat for buildings, as a product ‘that should never see the light of day’, in a bid to highlight the potential adverse effects of climate change in the world. The lifeboat for buildings is not a real product, even though it could be, as it could be used in severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Wärtsilä, the technology group, conducted a successful round of tests on its automated dock-to-dock solution. The system was tested on ‘Folgefonn’ ferry, which visited all three ports serviced by the vessel, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), for the study of the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wärtsilä generating sets. The MoU was signed on 13 November.
Wärtsilä developed the first targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farm applications, called ‘SceneScan Monopole’. The laser sensor aims to increase safety onboard service operation vessels. The system has undergone sea trials earlier in 2018, onboard the ‘Windea La Cour’, a purpose-built SOV.
In its interim report for January – September 2018, Wärtsilä announced that the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap regulation has increased the demand for scrubbers, as ship owners try to comply. Orders were also supported by the high level of activity in the cruise and ferry segment.
The Project Forward initiative led by Athens-Based Arista Shipping, with Finnish Wärtsilä as one of the participants, demonstrates that with LNG as fuel, an advanced hull design, and highly efficient propulsion machinery, it will be possible to meet the IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
Wärtsilä announced the opening of an International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) in Singapore, on 16 October. Founded by Wärtsilä and Templar Executives, IMCCE is the first of its type for the marine industry to help drive the cyber awareness and response to cyber incidents.
As part of its efforts to minimize the environmental impact of its products, Finnish technology group Wärtsilä said it has set a target to cut GHG emissions from its gas engines by a massive 15% between 2015 and 2020. The first step towards reducing all emissions is to switch from diesel to gas, says Sebastiaan Bleuanus.
Wärtsilä will provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, located in Southampton, England. This will be the largest marine simulation training centre in the U.K. The training facility is expected to complete in spring 2019.
Wallem Group announced that Frank Coles has agreed to join Wallem as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Coles will replace outgoing CEO, Simon Doughty, who announced his decision to step down earlier this year. The handover will take place at the end of October.
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