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Research and development, product launches

In January, Wärtsilä and Cavotec signed an agreement to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automatic mooring concept. Wärtsilä has developed a wireless charging system based on inductive power transfer. Cavotec in turn provides automated mooring systems for various types of vessels, as well as shore power and reel systems. By combining the expertise of the two companies, an integrated wireless charging/mooring concept will be developed for use in Wärtsilä’s ship designs.

The 100th Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engine was delivered in January, just 4.5 years after the first customer dispatch. When operating in gas mode, the Wärtsilä 20DF engine is compliant with IMO Tier III regulations without any secondary exhaust gas purification systems. Also, when fuelled by gas, the SOx and CO2 emissions are notably reduced and smokeless operation is attained.

In March, the Wärtsilä WTT-40 transverse thruster was launched as a part of Wärtsilä’s new transverse thruster series. The salient features include a 4,000 kW power level and a 3,400 mm diameter controllable pitch propeller. Wärtsilä also launched a complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or low emissions. The design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line. The ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas or biofuel.

Within the Services business, Wärtsilä broadened its range of marine agreement concepts with the launch of Lifecycle solutions. This new concept is an innovative, comprehensive offering that optimises the efficiency and performance of marine and offshore customers’ assets. It includes the digital service portfolio Wärtsilä Genius services, which was launched towards the end of 2015.


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