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The future of container shipping

Ocean-borne trade is in a state of flux. To remain competitive these days, ship owners and operators are under increasing pressure to optimize asset utilisation, comply with environmental regulations and international safety standards and to enhance vessel performance to the max. At Wärtsilä, we understand both the complexity of the maritime industry and your need to meet the great challenges of our times. We know that smart technologies can make sea transport systems work better. Over the course of 185 years, we have seen the market face disruption and adapt to change. Time and again, we have created clear visions for a positive future and provided the technology to get our customers there.

A new era in sustainable container shipping

The maritime shipping industry has embarked on a historic voyage that will completely reshape its operations and image. As society grows more aware of environmental challenges and how businesses operate, industries worldwide are under pressure to act and shrink their environmental footprint. The container industry has answered the call and is taking action.


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A strategic approach to reaching GHG emission targets

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Lowering GHG emissions in the container shipping industry is a must as cargo ships alone are responsible for 3% of the world’s CO2 emissions. And there are many ways to achieve impressive results in this objective. From LNG conversion and alternative fuels to increasing uptime and optimized route planning, there are so many solutions that can be used and that make economic sense. 

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Energy efficiency for the marine industry

Improving efficiency is a known requirement but how can this be achieved.  In this short video we explore how to decrease energy consumption to increase profitability and at the same time reduce emissions.
 

Market trends in the Merchant Shipping industry

Pressure on owners and managers in the merchant fleet is increasing and identifying ways to reduce costs is central to relieving some of this pressure. Explore some of the short term solutions available to achieve this in this video.

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We offer complete solutions for reducing your environmental footprint. Move your mouse on the ship to explore examples of our environmental solutions and click the links to find out more.

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Press releases

Wärtsilä to install Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System on trial basis to reduce Maersk container ship’s carbon footprint

Oct 7, 2021, 09:30 AM by Wärtsilä Corporation

The technology group Wärtsilä, in cooperation with Silverstream Technologies, will install Silverstream’s proprietary Air Lubrication System, the Silverstream® System, on a trial basis on a large container vessel owned by A.P. Moller - Maersk, the world’s largest container vessel operator. The trial will examine possible improvements to the ship’s overall efficiency, focusing on the reduction of fuel consumption and associated emission levels.

The programme will have a special emphasis on the potential application of the System for methanol-fuelled Maersk vessels. The ultimate aim of all three companies is to support efforts to decarbonise shipping operations. The order was placed by Maersk in May 2021.

Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel. This carpet effectively reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water. The technology works in all maritime conditions, is not weather dependent, and does not constrain or negatively impact the normal operational profile of the vessel.

“We are delighted that A.P. Moller - Maersk is backing our market leading technology, which is proven to significantly improve operational efficiency and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions. We also wish to thank Wärtsilä for their collaboration in the delivery of this integrated solution,” says Noah Silberschmidt, Founder & CEO, Silverstream Technologies.

“Everything that we do today inevitably sets the future for coming generations, so we need to act in a positive way to ensure that decarbonising vessel propulsion is an effective priority for the industry. This is a view that is shared by Maersk, a company with whom we have worked closely for many years. Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System is an important stepping stone along this path,” says Bernd Bertram, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

The Wärtsilä / Silverstream equipment will be delivered during the second quarter of 2022.

Wärtsilä is an authorised sales and service partner for the System, which is fully integrated within the company’s propulsion portfolio. For newbuild vessels, air lubrication can notably improve compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The System has been proven to reduce fuel burn and associated emissions by five to ten percent, depending on vessel type.

 

Media contacts for more information on this release:

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
General Manager, Marketing Communications
Wärtsilä Marine Power
Mobile: +358 (0)40 538 3519
Email: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com

 

Mr Rupert Andrews
Marketing & Communications Manager
Silverstream Technologies
Mobile: +44 (0)774 870 1459
Email: rupert.andrews@silverstream-tech.com

 

Image caption: The Silverstream System creates microbubbles to reduce frictional resistance, thereby lowering fuel consumption. Wärtsilä is an authorised global sales and service partner © Silverstream Technologies

All Wärtsilä releases are available at https://www.wartsila.com/media/news-releases and at http://news.cision.com/wartsila-corporation where also the images can be downloaded.

Wärtsilä Marine Power in brief:
Wärtsilä Marine Power leads the industry in its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. Our portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain systems deliver the reliability, safety, and environmental performance that Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision encompasses. We offer our customers performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions, and an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise.
www.wartsila.com/marine

 

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.​
www.wartsila.com

 

Silverstream Technologies in brief:
Silverstream Technologies has pioneered air lubrication within shipping for over ten years, and has invested significantly in the research and development, and testing of air lubrication for ships. The Silverstream® System reduces frictional resistance between the water and the hull surface, dramatically reducing fuel consumption and associated emissions. The Silverstream® System is unique in that it is the only proven air lubrication technology that can be retrofitted in 10 days or less, as well as being applicable to newbuilds. It lasts the lifetime of the ship, is complementary to and can be used in conjunction with other clean technologies and return on investment is typically between two and five years.
www.silverstream-tech.com

 

 

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