As part of its drive to improve efficiency along shipping’s supply chain, Wärtsilä has established a partnership with Israel-based theDOCK, a maritime-focused start-up accelerator which aims to combine the talents of maritime stalwarts with those of creative start-ups to bring about practical innovation in the port, shipping and logistics fields.
Raising efficiency in the marine sector is a founding principle of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Vision through which the company is aiming to embrace digitalisation "to transform the entire shipping industry into a supremely efficient, ecologically sound and digitally connected ecosystem", the company explained in a statement.
Mauro Sacchi, Strategy and Business Development director at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, commented: "Digitalisation is disrupting the marine industry as it moves towards even greater efficiency and strong environmental performance. New technologies and business models can bring substantial benefits in terms of cost efficiency, improved performance, transparency and safety. Wärtsilä is committed to leading this transformation and we are constantly on the look-out for innovative potential. We look forward to working with theDOCK in seeking start-ups that can help us to create a successful and profitable future for the industry.“
Hannan Carmeli, founder and CEO of theDOCK, revealed that areas including the automation of vessel functions, advanced maintenance and cyber security will all be relevant in the two companies’ new collaboration.