Singapore-based PSA Marine and the technology group Wärtsilä have joined forces to co-create smart technologies for the marine sector. A Letter of Intent was signed on November 14 as part of the events celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre in Singapore.
The center provides facilities for testing integrated technologies in close cooperation with customers and end-users in a co-creative and collaborative environment. The lab also enables potential technological and holistic solutions that address the needs and challenges faced by customers, to be jointly explored.
“The Acceleration Centre promotes innovation and joint projects with qualified partners in support of Wärtsilä’s ambition of a smart marine ecosystem that will deliver huge advances in efficiency, safety and environmental performance,” said Mervin Ong, managing director, Wärtsilä Singapore. “Our ongoing IntelliTug project was the center’s first co-created initiative together with PSA Marine, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Lloyd’s Register, and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore. This cooperation with PSA Marine is now being continued through this agreement, and we look forward to continuing our innovative and important work together.”
Specific collaboration areas include the use of electric or hybrid technologies to further the use of low-emissions energy and propulsion systems; the incorporation of next-generation smart vessel technologies; the adoption of secured connectivity to facilitate ship-to-shore data exchange; and marketing and branding activities that generate awareness.
“PSA Marine and Wärtsilä intend to lead and develop smart, scalable and clean energy solutions for the longer term, as we play our part toward decarbonization and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” commented Peter Chew, managing director of PSA Marine.