Wärtsilä, DNV GL Tie Up on Digital

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 10, 2020

Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL – Maritime (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL – Maritime (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Technology group Wärtsilä and classification society DNV GL say they will work together to contribute to the marine industry’s ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies aim to to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data sharing and standardization to enhance existing products and services, and to develop new ones.

Among focus areas will be collaboration on digital technologies and big data in classification and the requirements for their use. The project will examine the application of these technologies in areas such as autonomous ships, advanced remote services, new bridge technologies and data sharing. Cyber security will be another natural area of cooperation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine and Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL – Maritime on February 6.

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.

“The marine industry stands to benefit enormously from our rapidly expanding and unprecedented capabilities in collecting, compiling, processing, analyzing, and distributing data digitally. Wärtsilä is committed to leading this digital transformation that will undoubtedly lead to greater efficiencies, better safety, and sustainability. We look forward to working with DNV GL to accelerate this transformation,” said Roger Holm.

“At DNV GL, we are committed to using digitalization to help our customers extract the maximum value from their data,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL - Maritime. ”Working together with Wärtsilä, we can identify and minimize the barriers to data sharing, provide innovative class and assurance services, and find ways to capitalize on the new possibilities this opens up for shipping. Enabling greater sharing requires building trust, and DNV GL has worked to enable this, for example with our independent platform Veracity which provides seamless sharing, while ensuring the quality of data and algorithms our customers rely on.”

“This important collaboration between a marine industry technology leader and the world’s leading classification society will help to standardize and shape the regulatory environment, and will also enable the innovations needed for the sector to achieve the decarbonization goals set out by the [International Maritime Organization (IMO)]. The IMO’s target is to cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by the year 2050,” said Andrea Morgante, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Wärtsilä Marine.

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