When it comes to talking about Wärtsilä’s digitalisation strategy Chief Digital Officer Marco Ryan stresses, stewardship and collaboration with customers and stakeholders, to find workable solutions, with a real business case, that will help shipping be more efficient and sustainable.

Wärtsilä has opened a technology Acceleration Centre in Singapore with its first project to develop an autonomous tug, or IntelliTug, in partnership with the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and customer PSA Marine.

Keeping up with the latest technological advances, the Port of Barcelona has unveiled PierNext, a digital knowledge hub set up to provide information on the innovative initiatives that are transforming the world of logistics, transport and ports internationally.

China has been recognised as the top international shipping nation according to a new DNV GL and Menon Economics report titled: “The Leading Maritime Nations of the World”.

SMM Hamburg has placed seafarer welfare at the centre of its exhibition this week, by choosing The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) as its official event charity, with Deutsche Seemannsmission. The partnership will not only support MtS in its essential welfare work but will also highlight important areas of its work such as mental health and abandonment.

Chairman of the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation in Dubai and Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has formally launched the Dubai Maritime Virtual Cluster (DMVC) initiative on the website www.dmvc.ae, aimed at providing smart and interactive platforms for knowledge-sharing and research to further attract growth and promote competitiveness within the sector. Local and international maritime industry players have hailed the move as a positive effort towards strengthening cooperation in the maritime sector with strategic partners, especially in the move to implement various maritime-related activities.

The container shipping industry is becoming increasingly competitive and complicated and leading terminal operators such as Hutchison Ports are taking steps through the use of technology to serve their customers better as well as cut down inefficiencies.

PSA Corporation (PSA) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) marked the graduation of the first batch of 29 PSA engineers and ICT managers from SIT’s Systems Engineering programme. The two organisations had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in March 2017 on various collaborations which include, amongst others, developing and implementing a training programme focusing on automation technology to meet PSA’s capability development in preparation for its Tuas port.

Putting in more commitment to research, innovation and product development, Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre that will incorporate these functions as well as production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. From 2020, all of Wärtsilä's functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor.

As regulations on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions loom for shipping, simply using less fuel will be one way to help meet environmental targets, and also potentially save cost from more expensive low sulphur fuels.

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