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Wartsila partners with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to co-develop next-generation safer and greener smart port solutions

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Wartsila Voyage has signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to further strengthen their collaboration in smart port innovation and digitalisation. The main objectives of this strategic partnership are to initiate, develop and promote innovative solutions that accelerate digitalisation; foster interoperability in e-navigation and ship-to-shore secure data communications to enable port-to-port optimisation and establish reliable, cyber safe and cost-effective information exchange pathways between all ecosystem partners to increase operational efficacy.

The scope of the collaboration also covers the development and field-testing of intelligent vessel capabilities to improve interoperability of onboard and onshore systems for well-coordinated and sustainable operations.

“Together, we will work with other industry stakeholders, such as Wartsila’s customers whose vessels would be calling on the Port of Singapore. Subject to their consent, we will use the vessel’s nautical data to test-bed reliable and secure information exchanges using applications like Wartsila Navi-Port. This will help implement standard Application Programming Interfaces between participating vessels and MPA’s Just-In-Time coordination platforms in digitalPORT@SG, and digitalOCEANS to enable optimal arrival and departure of vessels from the port,” explained Chris Chung, Director of Digital Innovation and Strategic Projects at Wartsila Voyage.

In addition, Wartsila Voyage and MPA will assess data and cyber threats to vessels’ shipboard systems, ship-to-shore communications system and MPA’s JIT operations.

Increasing traffic, the pandemic, and the general unpredictability of weather conditions have acted as catalysts for ports to adopt digital technologies that help mitigate such disruptions.

“At MPA, we have been leading the development and implementation of digital port clearance technology to improve efficiency in the world’s leading hub port. This collaboration with industry partners like Wartsila, using its Navi-Port for Just-in-Time planning and coordination on the digitalPORT platform, further solidifies our commitment towards digitalisation to support port-to-port optimisation and maritime decarbonisation,” said Koh Chin Yong, Chief Information Officer / Acting Director (IT), MPA.

Building the Smart Port Network

This partnership builds on Wartsila Voyage’s recent successes as the technology provider has already deployed Navi-Port at many other major ports worldwide, including TangerMed, Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre (HVCC), Port of Valencia, Port of Rijeka, and Bulgarian Ports.

“Wartsila Voyage is a world-leader in smart port technology, having worked with leading ports on Just-in-Time implementation. With our technology that enables any connected vessel to coordinate with ports using a simple software application, we are a strong strategic partner for ports, ship owners and operators to unlock their port-to-port optimisation, enabling Just-In-Time arrivals,” said Bruce Mills, Business Development Manager, Ship Traffic Control at Wartsila Voyage.

Wartsila Voyage and MPA have a long-standing relationship built with a series of commercial and R&D initiatives over the years, such as the IntelliTug Project, next-generation navigational simulator for Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety, a Ship Traffic Control Simulator, and a Full mission bridge simulator for enhancing the port’s training capabilities.

“MPA is our strategic customer and influential regulator. Signing this MoU further strengthens and elevates our relationship from a standard and traditional supplier-customer relationship and towards a deeper and long-term strategic partnership,” said Sean Fernback, President, Wartsila Voyage and Executive Vice President, Wartsila.

Singapore is the busiest transhipment hub in the world, and considering Asia has nine out of ten busiest ports in the world, this is also a crucial case that sets a precedent for other port authorities to have similar conversations.

Connected ports: a crucial link for a sustainable supply chain

“Connected ports are the nodal points in the connected maritime ecosystem that’s necessary for decongesting harbours, enabling on-time arrivals and departures, reducing anchorage time, fuel waste and increasing sustainability of the whole supply chain. The more ports get connected, the further it’ll encourage the uptake of connected vessels among ship owners and operators, helping them optimise their operations too, cascading the positive effect on the whole shipping industry, the planet and the people,” added Fernback.

As ship sizes and global traffic grow, congestion has become another major contributor to shipping emissions. As per industry estimates, bad planning, early arrivals, and the subsequent time spent waiting in ports mean that the industry is unnecessarily burning bunker totalling USD 18 billion annually – that is around 160 million tons of unnecessary CO2 expelled into the air.

Better ship-to-shore coordination and shortening port stays just by 10% will give a massive reduction in fuel consumption — a big low hanging fruit that is now being realised with the smart port technology and JIT solutions like Wartsila Navi-Port.

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Port of Los Angeles launches first of its kind Cyber Resilience Center

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The Port of Los Angeles has debuted its Cyber Resilience Center, a state-of-the-art port community cyber defense solution created to improve the cybersecurity readiness of the Port and enhance its threat-sharing and recovery capabilities among supply chain stakeholders. The CRC was designed through a collaborative process with participating stakeholders and will be operated by International Business Machines.

“We must take every precaution against potential cyber incidents, particularly those that could threaten or disrupt the flow of cargo,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This new Cyber Resilience Center provides a new level of awareness for our stakeholders by providing enhanced intelligence, better collective knowledge sharing and heightened protection against cyber threats within our supply chain community.”

“The past year has proven the vital role that ports hold to our nation’s critical infrastructure, supply chains and economy, underscoring that it’s paramount we secure this ecosystem,” said Christopher McCurdy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. “The Port of Los Angeles is setting a new industry standard with a first-of-its-kind initiative to increase cyber readiness across the maritime community. With IBM’s cutting-edge technologies in cloud and AI fueling the CRC, we’re able to provide the maritime ecosystem with the threat insights necessary to stay ahead of cyber threats and improve response time.”

Envisioned as a “system of systems,” the CRC enables participating stakeholders to automatically share cyber threat indicators and potential defensive measures with each other. This collaborative approach centralizes threat information for the Port’s stakeholders and helps prevent cyber disruption of the supply chain. The platform serves as a hub for the Port to receive, analyze and share information among its stakeholders who handle cargo, such as terminal operators, shipping lines, truck, rail and others, among its cross-sector stakeholders who provide essential support services, and from external intelligence sources. The CRC is also available to participating stakeholders as an advisory resource to assist with recovery.

The first group of approximately 20 participating stakeholders are now using the new system and gaining access to IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence and more groups are expected to join every six months. As part of its operations, the CRC will be conducting tabletop exercises with participating stakeholders and providing them with annual cybersecurity training.

In 2014, the Port of Los Angeles set the maritime industry standard for cyber security when it established a Cyber Security Operations Center designed to help protect the Port’s internal networks. The newly-designed CRC builds upon that technology infrastructure by improving the quality, quantity and speed of cyber information sharing among Port stakeholders and leveraging the CRC’s security model to creating a more inclusive maritime community.

North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $259 billion in trade during 2020. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. The Port of Los Angeles has remained open with all terminals operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Broad scope of Wartsila power solutions selected for gas-fuelled ferry trio

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Three new LNG-fuelled Ro-Pax vessels being built for Swedish ferry operator Stena RoRo will feature a broad scope of Wartsila solutions. The ships are under construction at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard and will operate with Wartsila engines and propulsion machinery when delivered in 2024 and 2025. The order was booked with Wartsila in Q4 2021.

Having a single supplier of a large scope package provides multiple benefits in the form of system compatibility, and seamless interfacing during the procurement phase of the project. This notably lessens the risk of project delays.

“We are very familiar with Wartsila’s ability to supply reliable and highly efficient solutions in line with our operational and sustainability requirements. In particular, their experience and leading know-how in LNG technologies is especially important to us as we move to decarbonise our services,” says Per Westling, Managing Director, Stena RoRo.

“We are delighted to help Stena RoRo bring the latest new vessels in its E-Flexer series to market, and to work once again with Wartsila to ensure these vessels have highly efficient and environmentally sustainable propulsion,” said Ni Weisong, Vice General Manager, China Merchants Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard.

“We have earlier supplied a similar scope of solutions for Stena newbuild projects, and it is especially gratifying to receive this repeat order. The cooperation between our companies and with the shipyard has been excellent, and we look forward to another successful outcome,” says Roger Holm, President, Wartsila Marine Power.

The vessels, each around 200 metres long, are part of a series of E-Flexer class ferries ordered by Stena RoRo for European line service. For each ship Wartsila will supply Wartsila 46DF dual-fuel main engines, Wartsila 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, two gearboxes, two controllable pitch propellers (CPP), the tunnel thrusters, and the fuel gas supply system.

The use of LNG as a marine fuel is viewed by Wartsila as being an important transitional solution in the drive towards decarbonising shipping. LNG bridges the gap between conventional diesel fuels and future zero-carbon alternatives yet to be widely available, a decarbonisation strategy fully supported by both Wartsila and Stena Line.

Wartsila is working closely with Stena RoRo to ensure that one of the vessels meets DNV’s Silent-E class notification. This recognises that underwater noise from the vessel is controlled to protect vulnerable environments and involves careful configuration and design of propulsion and onboard equipment to offer low noise while maintaining high efficiency.

Wartsila will also supply the ships with Nacos navigation and automation, as well as integrated control alarm and monitoring system MCS Platinum together with the performance monitoring system. The vessels will also feature Wartsila’s Smart Panoramic Edge Camera System, eliminating blind spots and creating a 360°, birds-eye view of the ships surroundings, offering a significant advantage when docking.

The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in Q4 2022.

Stena RoRo specialises in custom-built vessels, as well as standardised RoRo and RoPax vessels. The company leases about fifteen vessels to operators worldwide, both to other Stena companies and third parties. Stena RoRo specialises above all in applying its technical expertise to the design and production of new ships and the conversion of existing ships for delivering tailored transport solutions to its customers.

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ICTSI continues to find logistics solutions, alternative; Cavite Gateway Terminal beefs up operations

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International Container Terminal Services, Inc. continues to beef up operations of the Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite as ICTSI continues its bid to find logistical solutions and alternatives for the country’s supply chain.

Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president, says: “As the country begins to re-open the economy, we shall continue to support the country’s importers and exporters not only through enhancements in our operated terminals, but also through practical solutions and alternatives for our importers and exporters.”

One of these alternatives is the CGT, the country’s first dedicated container barge terminal, that optimizes the sea lanes of Manila Bay while providing alternate means of transporting containers from the Port of Manila to the CALABARZON area south of Manila and back.

ICTSI recently strengthened yard and wharf operations with the deployment of additional landside container handling equipment as well as directly contracted barge equipment. With an area of six hectares, the CGT has the capacity to handle 115,000 TEUs annually.

Enhancements at CGT also came at an opportune time with the temporary closure of the southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard. Says Mr. Gonzalez: “We support the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) call to look for other ways to transport containers, and we are happy to be able to offer an alternative through the services provided by CGT.”

Recently, the MMDA announced the temporary closure of the boulevard’s southbound lanes to give way to the Department of Public Works and Highways’ repair of a damaged box culvert in front of a pumping station in Pasay City, and civil works related to the Department of Transportation’s Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension Project.

Roxas Boulevard is part of a cargo truck trade route connecting the Port of Manila to Southern Luzon. Close to 900 trucks and over 1,000 trailers daily travel the road’s southbound direction alone.

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