Specifically, the agreement between the two partners was signed by Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL – Maritime on 6th February.

The partnership sees that the focus area of their collaboration will be new technologies and big data in classification and the requirements for their use. Thus, the project will examine the application of these technologies in areas such as autonomous ships, advanced remote services, new bridge technologies, data sharing and cyber security.

In light of the cooperation, Roger Holm commented that Wärtsilä is committed to leading this digital transformation that will undoubtedly lead to greater efficiencies, better safety, and sustainability

Andrea Morgante, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Wärtsilä Marine added that

This important collaboration between a marine industry technology leader and the world’s leading classification society will help to standardise and shape the regulatory environment, and will also enable the innovations needed for the sector to achieve the decarbonisation goals set out by the IMO.

IMO's goal is to cut GHG emissions by at least 50% from 2008 levels by the year 2050.

In announcing the agreement, the two companies noted that digital transformation developments can have an immediate and transformative impact on operations and existing business models.