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Wärtsilä buys positioning technology company Guidance Marine

Wärtsilä is expanding its footprint in vessel positioning acquiring Guidance Marine.

Guidance Marine has offices in UK, Singapore the US and specialising in providing sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations.

"Guidance Marine's core competences are wide ranging and include the development of sophisticated positional measurement sensors and systems for high accuracy control applications,” said Maik Stoevhase, director, automation, navigation & communication, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“These competences complement our own activities in the field of radar technology, navigation and dynamic positioning, by joining forces we can certainly further accelerate the introduction of solutions that will take shipping into a new era of efficiency."

The privately owned company had a turnover of GBP6.3m last year and employs 50 people.

“This partnership provides a significant step change in developing the future of maritime positioning and navigation where the integration of multi-modal sensor technologies is a key factor in the delivery of 'intelligent' vessels," said Jan Grothusen, ceo of Guidance Marine.

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