In a statement, Wärtsilä highlights that it has been a stellar year for its shaft generators, generating power for a ship’s auxiliary systems from its main engines, which can also be used to reduce shipping emissions. Michael Kranz, Manager, Shaft Generator Systems & Cargo, overseeing a department of eight engineers at Wärtsilä’s Marine Electrical Systems highlighted that “last week, we reached 500 units sold, an incredible milestone. In the same week, we sold a comprehensive (holistic) hybrid system to a series of hybrid RoRo vessels. After a relatively slow start to the year, we are now seeing a big increase in these systems being specified by owners interested in reducing emissions and fuel costs.”
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Singapore-based PSA Marine have agreed to collaborate in the co-creation of smart technologies for the marine sector, with a focus on human-centric and deployable solutions. The intention is to integrate knowledge from the IntelliTug project with new configurations of clean energy sources.
Following Wärtsilä’s partnership with PSA Marine on developing the project of IntelliTug, both partners achieved a milestone after conducting the first trials at the Port of Singapore under real-world condition. In the following months, Wärtsilä and PSA Marine will keep developing the IntelliTug project, by testing and trialing in Singapore port waters.
Wärtsilä and ABB partner for the launch of the Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA), which aims to bridge dangerous gaps in security for operational technology and industrial control systems. The OTCSA provides tangible architectural, implementation, and process guidelines to OT operators and solution providers.
Wärtsilä will supply an LNG bunkering vessel simulator to Kasi Group, a provider of integrated marine solutions. The simulator will be used to provide hands-on training to those who will be operating LNG bunkering services.
Wärtsilä discusses the importance of connectivity when onboard, as the idea on being in the middle of the ocean sometimes comes with the essence of danger and loneliness. Despite cruise ships and ferries that transfer people, the overall fleet isn’t equipped with high-tech features to boost seafarers’ connectivity.
Wärtsilä informed that it will supply and install an Auto Gasification solution for the ‘Regal Princess’, a Princess Cruises vessel. This technology aims to enable the safe disposal of waste from the ship through a self-fueling thermal decomposition unit.
While a 100% renewable society is becoming a reality for many, others are making serious commitments towards adopting clean energy. For this reason, Wartsila presents some of the trends for 2019, which could lead the world closer towards clean energy.
In light of the approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap, Bloomberg suggests that in the following years about 2,200 vessels are to install scrubbers, as if they don’t they will be banned. DNV GL states that putting all those vessels in a line, they’d stretch about 340 miles.
Wärtsilä signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in South East Asia. The energy storage facility will grid support purposes. The order for this project was already booked with Wärtsilä in Q2.
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