Wärtsilä Corporation Annual report 2014

Wärtsilä's main themes of sustainable shipping are fleet optimisation, total vessel efficiency, sustainable fuels and fuel flexibility, minimised emissions and vessel safety.

Sustainable shipping vision

Shipping is one of the most sustainable means of transport available to us. In the coming years, however, as it is used to offset the emissions of less environmentally friendly alternatives, we will see the shipping industry’s footprint grow significantly – even taking currently planned emissions regulations into account.

In an effort to pre-empt this trend, Wärtsilä seeks to establish a dialogue around the topic with global decision makers, ship owners and other stakeholders. Work began on a vision composed of practical themes around which sustainable development could occur.

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The themes in question are fleet optimisation, total vessel efficiency, sustainable fuels and fuel flexibility, minimised emissions and vessel safety. Together, these point the way to a shipping industry suitably equipped to carry the majority of the world’s cargo handling.

With an expansive portfolio of shipping solutions, Wärtsilä drew upon its own potential to provide compelling insight into vessel design and sustainability-focused technologies, but other voices are needed.

The vision, which is outlined in the accompanying video, viewable above, strongly suggests that each of the relevant parties plan the most suitable road map together. A single player or technology cannot solve this problem alone. On the contrary, societies, ship owners, solution providers and all other stakeholders need to agree on a basis for initiatives like future-focused infrastructure, improved vessel design and more sustainable transport paradigms such as reduced-speed cargo flows.

The initiative has been well received by the target audience thus far, and the journey continues. Please take a look at the video and make your own voice heard in this important conversation.

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