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Wartsila acquires vessel positioning specialist Guidance Marine

Oct 10, 2017 08:25 AM

(HELSINKI, Finland) — The technology group Wartsila has acquired Guidance Marine Ltd., a privately owned company with offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States. Guidance Marine 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.

Wartsila is 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. The acquisition of Guidance Marine will enhance Wartsila's capabilities in the area of situational awareness and near-field measurement, both essential for more intelligent vessel navigation.

"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," said Maik Stoevhase, director of automation, navigation and communication, Wartsila Marine Solutions.

"Joining forces with the Wartsila Corp. 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, while 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," said Jan Grothusen, CEO at Guidance Marine.

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