The Wärtsilä technology group and the classification society DNV GL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agree to work together to contribute to the ongoing digital transformation of the marine industry.

In particular, the two companies want to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data exchange and standardisation to improve existing products and services and develop new ones.

Areas of focus will include collaboration on digital technologies and big data in classification and requirements for their use. The project will examine the application of these technologies in areas such as autonomous boats, advanced remote services, new bridge technologies and data sharing. Cyber security will be another natural area of cooperation.

Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine, explained that “the marine industry will benefit greatly from our rapidly expanding and unprecedented capabilities in collecting, compiling, processing, analyzing and distributing data digitally. Wärtsilä is committed to leading this digital transformation that will undoubtedly lead to greater efficiencies, improved safety and sustainability. We look forward to working with DNV GL to accelerate this transformation.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, added that “by working with Wärtsilä, we can identify and minimise barriers to data exchange, provide innovative class and assurance services, and find ways to capitalise on the new possibilities this opens up for shipping. Enabling greater exchange requires building trust, and DNV GL has worked to enable this, for example, with our independent Veracity platform that provides seamless exchange, while ensuring the quality of the data and algorithms our customers rely on.