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Wärtsilä acquires Transas to accelerate its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision

The technology group Wärtsilä is to acquire Transas, a global company headquartered in the U.K. The move will speed Wärtsilä along its path towards its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision. Established in 1990, Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital products and electronic charts. The company is also a leader in professional training and simulation services, ship traffic control, as well as monitoring, and support. Transas leverages the latest in machine learning and AI to create a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the entire marine ecosystem.

Transas’ current annual net sales are in the region of EUR 140 million. The company has 22 regional offices worldwide and a distribution network that spans 120 countries. It has a workforce of approximately 1000 employees who will be integrated within Wärtsilä’s Marine Solutions business. The large base of software engineers will play a key role in assisting Wärtsilä with the development of smart products and a digital platform.

This acquisition takes Wärtsilä a significant step closer to achieving its mission of enabling sustainable societies with smart technologies. It will also speed delivery on the company’s promise to disrupt the industry by establishing an ecosystem that is digitally connected across the entire supply chain, through applications that are secure, smart and cloud-based.

The transaction is valued at MEUR 210 (enterprise value) and is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2018.

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is a vision whereby smart vessels connect with smart ports and beyond to deliver three fundamental industry benefits: maximising the use of resources and operational efficiency, minimising environmental impact and risk, and achieving the highest levels of safety and security. Through data integration, greater connectivity and cloud-based technology, Wärtsilä aims to resolve inefficiencies in the shipping sector resulting from overcapacity, sub-optimal fuel consumption, and waiting times at ports and other high-traffic areas.

“Combining Transas with Wärtsilä will bring the Smart Marine Ecosystem many steps forward. We can now connect Wärtsilä’s product portfolio, the biggest in the Marine industry, with Ship Traffic Control, Simulators, Navigation solutions and fleet operation solutions from Transas. The combined package will further improve the way a vessel can sail in the most cost efficient and environmental friendly way for our customers,” says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“It is incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to join the Wärtsilä brand in delivering the future of maritime transport. We share a common vision; one of a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly maritime industry. The Transas team has significant competences in technology, along with a globally recognized leadership position in navigation, simulation and traffic control systems. Adding these to the extensive, world leading Wärtsilä portfolio of services and products, provides an unparalleled opportunity for a new ecosystem for maritime operations,” says Frank Coles, CEO of Transas.

Aker Arctic and ICEYE to provide satellite based ice information

Aker Arctic Technology Inc., the leading designer of the ice class vessels and ICEYE, the leader in synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology for microsatellites, today announced an agreement to develop and provide ice information and related services for the customers operating in icy conditions. Combining the new SAR data from the microsatellites with data from maritime environments provides new and cost-efficient service to marine users. During the one-year pilot phase Aker Arctic aims to develop and test the services with its partners. In addition to this, ICEYE is launching two more SAR satellites to continue to increase data availability. The service aims to increase situational awareness in the polar sea areas.

Aker Arctic sees benefits of the new SAR data to improve understanding of the ice conditions in certain specific areas, thus also supporting the development on the new shipping routes and maritime construction. With extensive experience in Arctic sea technology and the greater maritime industry, Aker Arctic will utilize ICEYE’s SAR data, collected with satellites such as ICEYE-X1, to extend and improve services to the customers of Aker Arctic.

ICEYE is on track to launch its next SAR-enabled satellite, ICEYE-X2, as soon as during this summer. Providing high resolution images and extensive global data, ICEYE’s vision is to launch a constellation of up to 18 SAR satellites to allow users to accurately image any point on Earth every few hours.

Fincantieri open service and after sales office in Miami

As part of its business development strategy in the United States, Fincantieri has established Fincantieri Services USA, a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Miami, Florida, which will be the focal point in the country for all the services and after sales activities on cruise ships of the group, the Italian shipbuilder said in a statement.

Fincantieri Services USA will be the sole front office for cruise customers, offering a wide range of services - particularly all those related to the life cycle management of the vessels - as well as focusing on repairs and refitting.

Fincantieri Services USA will become a reference point for American shipowners in the US services segment, allowing Fincantieri to negotiate long-term agreements in this sector and thus leverage the current and still booming market trend.

Scanship to install AWP system on the Insignia

Scanship Holding ASA through its subsidiary Scanship AS, has been awarded a retrofit contract by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The contract is to deliver and install a Scanship AWP system on their Insignia vessel operated under their Oceania Cruises brand. The system will process all grey wastewater sources and black water to the industry highest environmental standard. This standard is specified as IMO Marpol MEPC 227 (64) with chapter 4.2 for special area Baltic Sea including phosphorus and nitrogen removal. The installation will be done during the fall of 2018.

"This will be the thirteenth contract for wastewater retrofit we will be doing for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the second for Oceania Cruises. We are thrilled to continue delivering systems to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and supporting their commitment to cleaner oceans and sustainable seafaring," says CEO Henrik Badin in a statement.

Valmet to upgrade automation on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas cruise ship

Valmet will upgrade the Damatic XDi automation system to a Valmet DNA system onboard the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International. With this upgrade, the operators of the machinery and air conditioning systems will have a modern and efficient Valmet DNA user interface, including a state-of-the-art history storage and data analyzing and reporting tools.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. Valmet's delivery will take place in April 2018 and will be completed in late June 2018.

"Valmet has a long track record of supplying and upgrading automation systems on Royal Caribbean's ships. With this upgrade of the Damatic XDi system, which has reliably served the ship since its installation in 2003, the control room and process controller parts of the system will be transformed to the latest Valmet DNA technology platform," says Per Syvertsen, Senior Technical Manager, Marine Automation Applications, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery

Valmet's delivery includes the upgrade of the Damatic XDi automation system to the latest Valmet DNA technology. This encompasses a new Ethernet-based communication network, DNA Operate operator stations, a DNA Operate Trend and Event Archive (history station) with data analyzing and reporting applications, ACN CS industrial process controllers, as well as the installation and commissioning.

The Valmet DNA Operate Trend and Event Archive (DNA Operate TEA) is a functional extension to the control room that gives users access to trend and event history straight from the DNA Operate operator interface. This gives a whole new dimension to process operations, since a user can utilize collected process history with trends, replay, and alarm and event analyzing tools in an already familiar DNA Operate environment.

Valmet's efficient ACN industrial controller family ensures a dependable platform for all process controls and connections to external computer systems onboard the vessel.

A major benefit of the upgrade is that the I/O side of the Damatic XDi system can remain unchanged as this part of the technology is still supported for years to come.