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Marine Solutions review

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions has a strong position in the marine and oil & gas industries, providing solutions that are optimised, and environmentally and economically sound to enhance the business of its customers. Wärtsilä’s reputation is based on an in-depth understanding of its customers’ businesses, its design capabilities, a broad product portfolio, and technological leadership. The organisation is structured into end-to-end business lines with full control over sales, R&D, engineering, procurement, and manufacturing. This enables increased flexibility, fast decision-making, and the optimal utilisation of resources to provide superior customer service.

Serving both shipyards and ship owners

Wärtsilä’s marine customers comprise both shipyards and ship owners; the needs and demands of which differ significantly. The decision-making process of shipyard customers is typically affected by product prices, delivery times and reliability, project management, ease of installation, and the supplier's ability to manage large delivery scopes. Ship owners, on the other hand, require safe and efficient operations, reliability and support, as well as the availability of services. Their decision-making is also impacted by freight rates, interest rates, and the capital and operating costs of the ship. Furthermore, both ship owners and operators are increasingly considering other factors, such as environmental compliance and fuel flexibility in their decision-making.

Wärtsilä is committed to meeting the needs of both customer groups. Success is achieved through a comprehensive understanding of their businesses, operating models, and requirements. This understanding is backed by an extensive network, a broad product portfolio, and the ability to be involved in the life of the vessel as early as the design process. This enables Wärtsilä to support its customers throughout the lifecycle of their installations with products and solutions that best serve their business interests.

The broadest offering in the industry

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions is active in all the main vessel segments with a broad range of products, services, and solutions. The company understands the particular needs and requirements related to each of these segments – from the initial vessel design choices to everyday operations throughout the vessel’s lifecycle. Wärtsilä’s portfolio also covers gas systems for land-based installations, such as gas terminals. Innovative and competitive products, delivered efficiently and with high quality, form the basis of Wärtsilä’s offering, which consists of:

  • Medium-speed diesel and dual-fuel engines
  • Propulsion systems and gears
  • Seals and bearings
  • Navigation and automation systems
  • Entertainment systems
  • Communication and control systems
  • Power distribution and management systems
  • Electrical design for complex vessels
  • Energy management system and hybrid solutions
  • Environmental solutions, including e.g. exhaust gas cleaning and ballast water management systems
  • Pumps and valves
  • Gas systems, including LNG and LPG handling, inert gas systems, compressors, liquefaction, regasification, and equipment for small-to-medium scale onshore gas installations
  • Ship design.

The ability to combine the products offered into larger systems and solutions supports Wärtsilä's strategy of being the main solutions provider to its customers. This strategy provides added value to both shipyards and ship owners. Shipyard customers can focus on their areas of expertise and benefit from reduced risks of product interface problems, while ship owners can rely on operational and maintenance benefits.

Segment Vessel type Main offering
Merchant  Gas carriers 4-stroke dual-fuel engines, auxiliary engines, controllable pitch propellers (CPP), gearboxes, tunnel thrusters, environmental solutions
  Tankers, containers, bulkers Auxiliary engines, fixed pitch propellers (FPP), tunnel thrusters, 4-stroke engines for smaller vessels, navigation and automation systems, electric power distribution, environmental solutions
  Other: cargo, RoRo, car carriers All of the above
Offshore  Floating exploration: drillships, semi-submersibles, etc. 4-stroke engines, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, vessel automation systems, electric power distribution, gearboxes, environmental solutions
  Floating production units: FPSO's, FSO's, floating LNG, etc. 4-stroke engines, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, CPP, vessel automation systems, electric power distribution, gearboxes, environmental solutions
  Service/Supply vessels: OSV's, PSV's, AHTS, AHS 4-stroke engines, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, CPP, electrical propulsion systems, ship design, automation systems, gearboxes, environmental solutions
  Other: crane vessels, pipelayers, accommodation vessels All of the above
Cruise and Ferry Cruise vessels 4-stroke engines, FPP, tunnel thrusters, navigation, entertainment and automation systems, electric propulsion and power distribution, environmental solutions
Ferries 4-stroke engines, CPP, FPP, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, navigation, entertainment and automation systems, electric propulsion and power distribution, environmental solutions
Other: ro-pax, yachts All of the above
Special vessels Tugs 4-stroke engines, FPP, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, vessel automation systems, ship design, environmental solutions
  Dredgers 4-stroke engines, CPP, FPP, steerable thrusters, tunnel thrusters, vessel automation systems, environmental solutions
  Other: fishing vessels, ice breakers, research vessels, work boats, inland waterway vessels All of the above
Navy Frigates, corvettes, patrol vessels, aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, support vessels Waterjets, seals and bearings, tunnel thrusters, 4-stroke engines, navigation and automation systems, electric propulsion and power distribution, underwater communication, sonar systems, environmental solutions

Growth through gas, environmental solutions, and vessel efficiency

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions is uniquely positioned for growth driven by the increasing availability and use of gas as a marine fuel, the introduction of new environmental regulations, and the increased demand for more efficient vessels.

Stricter environmental regulations are driving the interest in gas as a marine fuel, as well as in emissions abatement technologies, such as exhaust gas cleaning and ballast water treatment systems. Marine Solutions offers its customers alternative solutions for meeting these requirements in a way that best meets the needs of their businesses and operating models, both as part of new build projects and as retrofits to vessels already in operation.

Wärtsilä has a strong position in exhaust gas cleaning systems, with the most extensive reference list on the market. Today, the portfolio of SOx scrubber systems is the broadest in the industry and consists of closed loop systems for fresh water use, open loop systems for seawater use, and a combination of the two, i.e. the hybrid system. Wärtsilä was the first manufacturer to have been awarded the International Maritime Organisation’s certificate for exhaust gas cleaning systems by the classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, and Bureau Veritas. During 2016, the Singapore flag state authorities approved Wärtsilä’s exhaust gas cleaning systems, making it the first systems to be approved by an Asian flag authority. For NOx reduction and IMO Tier III compliance, Wärtsilä provides its customers with products based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. For ballast water treatment, customers can select systems utilising the two most common technologies: ultraviolet treatment and electro-chlorination. Both BWMS systems are IMO Type Approved, are available for both safe and hazardous area installation, and have US Coast Guard (USCG) AMS status. Full USCG Type Approval will follow in 2017 and, together with the Wärtsilä global lifecycle support network, this offering makes Wärtsilä a partner of choice for all BWMS needs.

Wärtsilä was also the first company to introduce dual-fuel engines to the shipping sector, thereby facilitating the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Since LNG contains no sulphur, there is an increasing trend towards the use of LNG fuel as a viable means of complying with the sulphur cap requirements.

Efficiency has become one of the top concerns for ship owners and operators. Wärtsilä’s in-depth expertise and system skills help to optimise the efficiency of vessels, and make it possible for customers to achieve the performance, cost, and environmental compliance parameters that specifically match their operating profile.

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