Wärtsilä Automation, Navigation and Control Systems (ANCS), part of technology group Wärtsilä, has launched an innovative retrofit solution for its marine engine governor system in collaboration with Swedish marine green tech company Qtagg. The solution is designed to extend the lifespan of a ship’s propulsion control system, while simultaneously enhancing the vessel’s overall efficiency.
ANCS’s marine governor systems help regulate and control engine speed. They manage the fuel supply under all operating conditions, including fluctuating engine load caused by rough seas or changes in weight. The retrofit solution comprises digital engine governors and advanced AI eco-driving systems. The system reduces fuel consumption and emissions, while significantly raising operating efficiency.
The retrofit solution combines ANCS’s extensive experience and expertise in propulsion control systems, with Qtagg’s proprietary software and marine automation skills. It can be applied to a broad range of vessels, including Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax, and cargo ships.
“This collaboration reflects the marine industry’s efforts to achieve greater efficiencies and decarbonised operations. Our two companies are leaders in their fields, and by leveraging our capabilities, we are able to offer a state-of-the-art solution that supports these ambitions,” said Christian Skytte, Head of Product Automation Systems at Wärtsilä ANCS.
“We are pleased to be cooperating closely with Wärtsilä in this important project,” commented Tomas Lindqvist, CEO at Qtagg. “The shipping industry is highly motivated to find ways to raise efficiency levels and lower emissions. We have simplified the process, allowing captains and operators to stay in control. The digitalisation of the propulsion control system will help determine CII ratings, while enabling predictable arrival times.” The company has already booked orders for two retrofit systems.
Qtagg is a marine green tech company minimizing fuel consumption for vessels by providing automated systems for propulsion control. The system optimizes every voyage using Qtagg's proprietary software for fuel savings and on-time arrival with desired CII rating. The captains and operators can execute their priorities and optimize fuel economy, cut emissions, and arrive on time, every time. Qtagg has extensive expertise in marine automation, electrical power, electronics, dynamic and hydro-mechanical systems modelling, as well as artificial intelligence (AI).
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Image caption: ANCS’s solution is designed to extend the lifespan of a ship’s propulsion control system, while simultaneously enhancing the vessel’s overall efficiency. © Wärtsilä Corporation
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ANCS (Automation, Navigation & Control Systems), part of Wärtsilä Portfolio Business, transforms vessel journeys through the use of innovative hardware and software technologies. Our primary focus is on enhancing safety, improving efficiency, and ensuring compliance. With a strong legacy of pioneering advancements in maritime technology, our comprehensive range of solutions includes user-friendly integrated navigation and automation systems, sensors that enhance safety measures, and Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems.