Finnish technology firm Wärtsilä has entered an agreement with Brazil-based Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO) for decarbonisation modelling.

The deal will help CBO to advance decarbonised operations of its offshore support vessels fleet.

Wärtsilä stated that this is the first decarbonisation service agreement for the oil and gas segment in Latin America and its second in the Americas.

Wärtsilä’s platform will use a vast bank of vessel data and machine learning algorithms. Furthermore, it is supported by in-house experience in systems modelling.

A complete analysis will be carried out on both short and long-term solutions that will be beneficial to CBO.

These solutions will include digitisation, energy efficiency, energy-saving devices, hybridisation and future alternative marine fuels such as ethanol fuel.

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The partnership intends to finalise a final report by the end of this year.

Wärtsilä was already contracted by CBO for a hybrid battery solution, which will be deployed on PSV CBO Wiser.

Under a long-term charter agreement, the vessel will be operated for Equinor Brasil.

Wärtsilä Americas sales director Hanno Schoonman said: “We are very proud to be able to extend our close partnership with CBO through this decarbonisation agreement.

“We will work together to evaluate all possible solutions, taking into account their pros and cons, to find the most environmentally friendly and commercially viable alternatives for the fleet.”

Earlier this month, Wärtsilä introduced a new medium-speed four-stroke engine to support the maritime sector attain its decarbonisation goals.