The perfect digital fit
Wärtsilä’s recent purchase of Finnish marine technology start-up Eniram underlines the unstoppable nature of digitalisation within the marine industry.
- Innovation, 8 December 2016
Customisable applications solve specialised problems faced by hydro power plants
Through the Hydro and Industrial Services offerings, Wärtsilä is able to offer customised applications to solve the unique and specific problems faced by hydro power plants. While the solutions may vary plant-to-plant, the end result is always increased efficiency, decreased turbine downtime, and increased environmental sustainability.
- In Detail, 8 December 2016
When a well-oiled machine is just that
What makes a ship sail without hiccups? And keeps the customers as well as the crew happy? It’s all in the planning, from the entertainment to the engine room. On board the MS Birka Stockholm, Twentyfour7. magazine learns the value of looking ahead.
- Innovation, 7 December 2016
A new chapter in India’s shipping history
India’s coastal contours resemble a necklace and its new national program, with a symbolic name - Project Sagar Mala (meaning Ocean’s Necklace) - aims to accelerate economic development by harnessing the potential of its coastline. Find out why this initiative is making waves in the country and what it means for the maritime industry.
- Environment, 1 December 2016
A pilgrimage to hacking heaven
Where do hacking aficionados go to learn how to take their digital solutions to the next level? Wärtsilä’s Digisauna hackathon winners travelled to San Francisco to soak in all they could.
- Innovation, In Detail, 1 December 2016
Let us entertain you
While the lighting, background music and public address announcements are not the primary sources of entertainment on a cruise ship or in amusement parks, they are key in setting the mood and managing the venue. Nowadays, many of those technologies and solutions are built by Wärtsilä, through an expansion of its business into entertainment know-how.
- Innovation, 30 November 2016
Peace of mind with the support of Wärtsilä Contract Centre
Many of Wärtsilä’s customers are global marine companies with large fleets of vessels. Managing the day-to-day operations of these global fleets, as well as planning their service and maintenance needs can be a daunting task. This is where the Wärtsilä Contract Centre comes in – providing uninterrupted support and service to Wärtsilä’s customers, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Innovation, 23 November 2016
Killer lake’s renewable potential
Project KivuWatt uses methane gas trapped under heavy water in Lake Kivu to produce electricity. Find out what this means for Rwanda.
- Gas, 17 November 2016
Ilari Kallio: a flexible future
Flexibility is a multi-faceted word, meaning “the quality of bending easily without breaking,” “the ability to be easily modified” and a “willingness to change or compromise.” When we talk about our approach to the fuel flexibility of our engines, all these definitions are relevant.
- In Detail, 15 November 2016
Wärtsilä strengthens its portfolio with load resistors
To get an edge in the competitive load resistance market, Wärtsilä expanded its offering to include load resistors. A part of Wärtsilä since 2015, Wärtsilä JOVYATLAS’s long experience in the resistor manufacturing business enables Wärtsilä to grow its product portfolio and launch a new series of load banks in September.
- In Detail, 9 November 2016
From Guinness World Record to Arctic Waters
The world’s most efficient engine, Wärtsilä 31, has passed yet another milestone – a successful factory acceptance test in front of a satisfied customer. The first Wärtsilä 31 engines are soon to be installed in a new icebreaker, built by Vyborg SY, which will then head to the Arctic.
- Innovation, 9 November 2016
Getting fit for a bit future
Startups and big corporations can live in a perfect symbiosis. Wärtsilä found great collaborators through the Marine Mastermind contest.
- Innovation, 2 November 2016
Bright future for PV solar power
Variations in solar irradiance, which cause sudden peaks and troughs in photovoltaic (PV) power generation, present a challenge to grids and operators. Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation provides grid-scale solutions for this challenge and, by now entering the solar business, Wärtsilä can offer a one-stop-shop solution for both island mode and off-grid locations. This article outlines why PV-engine hybrids are the optimal solution for the solar challenge.
- In Detail, 2 November 2016
World's first ethane-powered marine vessels
Originally designed to run on LNG, MDO and HFO, the Dragon class vessels were meant to use LNG as fuel when trading ethane and other LPG cargoes. However, logistical challenges with LNG and extremely favourable price development of ethane led to the idea to use LEG cargo boil-off as fuel. Wärtsilä worked in close collaboration with Evergas and INEOS to make the world’s first ethane-powered marine vessels a reality.
- In Detail, 27 October 2016
Pumps that are second to none
Supported by more than 100 years’ experience of pump design and manufacturing, it comes as no surprise that Wärtsilä is one of the world’s leading providers of pumps for marine and offshore installations. It is also the undisputed market leader in the supply of deepwell offloading pumps to small- and medium-sized gas carriers. Twentyfour7. takes a closer look at Wärtsilä’s pump capability, from its top-quality products to its state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research and development (R&D) work.
- Innovation, 26 October 2016
LNG value chain optimisation – Case Aruba
Reducing the cost of LNG or gas at its final destination requires optimising an often complex LNG logistic chain with lots of variables. Wärtsilä’s LNG value chain optimisation tool takes into account key parameters, like LNG purchase price, terminal EPC cost and charter rates, to work out the optimal solution that gives the lowest cost of LNG at the final destination.
- In Detail, 20 October 2016
New EnergoProFin changes the game in propulsive efficiency
In the fiercely competitive world of shipping, every drop of fuel matters. Naturally, any way to sail farther on less can translate to substantial cost savings for operators, not to mention benefits to the environment. Working toward that goal, Wärtsilä has recently developed an important energy-saving device that is likely to spark a high degree of interest in the business: the industry’s first hubcap and fin setup for Controllable Pitch Propellers.
- In Detail, 19 October 2016
Fuel flexible power plants from Wärtsilä
Fuel flexibility is one of the three cornerstones of Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation, the other two being operational flexibility and energy efficiency. Whereas the main global energy trend today is toward the use of natural gas, Wärtsilä’s fuel flexible engine portfolio is well prepared to go beyond the conventional liquid and gas fuels and use various alternative liquid and gas fuels. The company emphasizes the option of using dual- and tri-fuel technologies allows plant owners to hedge for the future. In many cases, liquid fuels are used during the first years of operation until gas becomes available at the site, and thereafter liquid fuel is used as backup in case of interrupted gas supply. In this article, we explore the range of fuel flexibility offered by Wärtsilä.
- In Detail, 13 October 2016
Southeast Asia’s shipyards pin hopes on liftboat vessels
As orders for jackups and offshore vessels vanish, yards in SE Asia are betting on liftboats to fill the gap.
- Innovation, 12 October 2016
Full LNG solution propels BC Ferries forward
As BC Ferries makes the switch to LNG, Wärtsilä is supplying more than just the equipment – they have been a partner through every stage of the process, from initial design and installation to staff training and on-going support.
- Gas, 5 October 2016