Wärtsilä has announced its acquisition of privately owned developer of marine industry sensor solutions, "Guidance Marine" to boost its vessel positioning technology.
Guidance Marine which has offices in the UK, Singapore and the USA is recognized as a technology leader in the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations.
Director of Automation, Navigation & Communication at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, Maik Stoevhase said “Guidance Marine’s core competences are wide ranging and include the development of sophisticated positional measurement sensors and systems for high accuracy control applications. These competences complement our own activities in the field of radar technology, navigation and dynamic positioning, by joining forces we can certainly further accelerate the introduction of solutions that will take shipping into a new era of efficiency,”
Wärtsilä says it is deeply committed to providing technologies needed to enhance ‘intelligent’ shipping, whereby digital solutions will greatly improve the efficiency, safety and profit earning capabilities of its maritime customers.
“Joining forces with the Wärtsilä Corporation presents an exciting opportunity for Guidance Marine to work alongside a major player in the marine industry. We are committed to continue serving all our customers, whilst at the same time looking forward to bringing them faster access to new products and technologies. This partnership provides a significant step change in developing the future of maritime positioning and navigation where the integration of multi-modal sensor technologies is a key factor in the delivery of ‘intelligent’ vessels,” says Jan Grothusen, CEO at Guidance Marine.
According to Wärtsilä, the acquisition of Guidance Marine will enhance its capabilities in the area of situational awareness and near-field measurement, both essential for more intelligent vessel navigation.