Maersk Tankers opts for Wärtsilä control systems

Sep 14 2018

Wärtsilä is to supply a newly updated propulsion control system, as well as its alarm and control system - Nacos PCS/MCS Platinum - to Maersk Tankers’ six LR2 newbuildings.

This order was booked in the first quarter of 2018, Wärtsilä said.


The Nacos Platinum automation package is a fully integrated system designed to optimise main engine propulsion efficiency to deliver fuel savings and lower operational costs. The energy saving features include power management, and logic for cargo overview and remote control. The updated system features fewer parts than earlier versions, as well as console mounting possibility, Wärtsilä said.


Wärtsilä is scheduled to deliver the equipment in line with the newbuilding programme at the Dalian Shipbuilding yard in China. The plan is to deliver the vessels over a period of two years with the first vessels entering service in 2020.


“Reliability, state-of-the-art technology, full lifecycle support, and a lower cost of ownership; these are the defining reasons for the success of Wärtsilä propulsion control systems. We are, of course, extremely proud that these modern vessels will feature Wärtsilä solutions,” said Kjeld Dittmann, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Lyngsø Marine.


Wärtsilä has also partnered with theDOCK Innovation Hub, an Israel-based maritime-focused startup accelerator.


This move will see the technology giant hope to connect with the best local talent and emerging technologies within the marine sector. TheDOCK brings together maritime stalwarts and aspiring creative startups to deliver practical innovations for port, shipping and logistics operations.


“Digitalisation is disrupting the marine industry as it moves towards even greater efficiency and strong environmental performance. New technologies and business models can bring substantial benefits in terms of cost efficiency, improved performance, transparency and safety. Wärtsilä is committed to leading this transformation and we are constantly on the lookout for innovative potential. We look forward to working with theDOCK in seeking startups that can help us to create a successful and profitable future for the industry,” said Mauro Sacchi, Strategy and Business Development Director, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.


“Corporate venturing and working with accelerators like theDOCK are vital forms of collaboration in seeking new growth paths in industries that are profoundly impacted by digitalisation,” added Steffen Knodt, Director Digital Ventures at Wärtsilä. “Agile exploration of new technologies and business models with startups are crucial and we are glad to be working with theDOCK.”


"We are delighted to be working with Wärtsilä to seek relevant innovation for the maritime sector,” said Hannan Carmeli, founder and CEO of theDOCK. “Wärtsilä has been leading the way in constantly exploring new boundaries. Areas such as the automation of vessel functions, advanced maintenance, cyber security, and others will play an important role in our collaboration."


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