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June 16, 2022

Wärtsilä acquires Canadian maritime tech provider PortLink

The deal is said to facilitate ship-to-shore coordination by optimising vessel speed and routes depending on real-time data.

Wärtsilä subsidiary Wärtsilä Voyage has acquired Canada-based port solutions firm PortLink Global to support its goal of developing an end-to-end connected maritime ecosystem.

Set up in 2007, PortLink’s offerings include Pilotage Dispatch systems and Local Port Services (LPS), Port Management Information Systems (PMIS), and Port Community Systems (PCS).

Wärtsilä stated that the combination of PortLink’s PMIS and PCS solutions with its Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems (VTMIS), Navi-Port, as well as on-vessel voyage optimisation tools such as Fleet Optimisation Solution (FOS) and Navi-Planner, will help link up the entire ecosystem.

The tools are said to facilitate ship-to-shore coordination by optimising vessel speed and routes depending on real-time information regarding climate and port readiness.

All these benefits can, in turn, help cut down fuel usage and emissions, the Finnish technology firm said.

The company called the latest deal a ‘significant step’ towards reaching its goal of supporting sustainable societies through technology innovation.

Wärtsilä executive vice-president and Wärtsilä Voyage president Sean Fernback said: “Bringing PortLink into Wärtsilä Voyage isn’t just about expanding our portfolio, but further strengthening our expertise in the smart port sector by bringing in highly experienced people into our team.

“Their domain expertise and portfolio perfectly complement Wärtsilä Voyage’s smart ports vision – a critical piece in our larger ambition of building an end-to-end connected ship-to-shore logistic management and voyage optimisation ecosystem.”

Previously, Wärtsilä Voyage and PortLink have partnered on projects that include the co-development of a PMIS for the Port of Tanger Med and the delivery of Brazil’s first Smart Port Solution at Porto do Acu.

They have also joined forces on a modernisation project for the Callao Port Authority in Peru.

Wärtsilä Voyage ship traffic control and business development manager Bruce Mills said: “The ambition is to implement a port community system that goes beyond internal stakeholders within the port, and even includes the broader community.

“The access levels to information will differ based on roles and requirements but having all stakeholders on the same secured platform is absolutely essential to orchestrate global operations.”

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