Wärtsilä Guidance Marine wins the 2020 Dynamic Positioning Award for their SceneScan® system

Wärtsilä Corporation, News, 10 February 2020 at 13:55 UTC+2
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At the Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Annual Awards in London, the SceneScan system won the Dynamic Positioning 2020 Award. The Dynamic Positioning Award is awarded to the developer of an innovative DP product or system, or contractor responsible for an especially innovative application of DP on a project.

2018 saw the launch of SceneScan that is changing the way vessels operate and position within the marine industry. SceneScan is the first targetless laser position reference sensor (PRS) from Wärtsilä Guidance Marine.

“To me, targetless positioning means being able to stop wasting time with having to shape my environment before going to work. It means taking the environment and its shape as they are and to just crack on” says Hendrick Bußhoff, Wärtsilä and DPO.

The award recognises Wärtsilä Guidance Marine’s approach to technology and innovation. It is a badge of honour that the company will wear with pride which is industry recognised from the company's peers within the maritime world. This is the second time the award has been won as in 2017, Wärtsilä Guidance Marine won the Dynamic Positioning Award for RangeGuard Monopole, the first targetless radar position reference sensor.

SceneScan System

Unlike traditional laser PRS, SceneScan provides tracking information relative to structures within the sensor field of view. It tracks by matching its current observation of the scene against a map generated from previous observations of the scene. For the vessel operators and asset managers, this means:

More efficient operations

  • Faster to set up on DP
  • Non-stop 360 manoeuvre around an asset on DP without having to move targets

Lower costs

  • No targets required
  • No maintenance of targets


  • No risk of obscuration of targets
  • No risk moving of targets
  • Eliminates any possibility of a walk-off incident

SceneScan is designed to be used for station keeping and manoeuvres close to the asset and, because it relies on the new targetless operating principle, it provides additional redundancy for safer operations as recommended by the MTS DP committee.

In April 2019, Wärtsilä Guidance Marine successfully completed sea trials of its SceneScan system. The tests were carried out onboard the Topaz Citadel, a vessel owned by Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading international offshore support vessel company providing logistics support and marine solutions to the global energy industry. The full article can be found here.

Image capture: On the left Craig Wallis - Sales Manager, in the middle - Sasha Heriot - Business Development/Portfolio Manager and on the right Dale Hawley - Operations Manager. 

Media contacts:

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
General Manager, Positioning, Marine Business Marketing
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Dr Sasha Heriot
Business Development and Portfolio Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +44 116 229 2600

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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 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.