Technology group Wartsila has signed a strategic partnership agreement with SAACKE, a Germany-based provider of marine firing plants, for offshore plants, liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, and seagoing vessels.

The aim of the agreement is to enhance the ability of the companies to offer a full range of technology solutions to ship owners and shipyards.

The agreement is also inclusive of supporting each other with respect to safety, in particular with inert gas systems (IGS) and gas combustion units (GCU).

Both partners will be able to provide a more comprehensive supply range, offering their clients advanced technology, easier procurement procedures, cost savings, and improved services.

SAACKE marine systems director Peter Breidenich said: “Our agreement with Wartsila extends our long-standing cooperation to a strategic partnership. This will deliver value to our customers and will improve the market position for both companies.”

Wartsila Gas Solutions Inert Gas Systems product line manager Geir Hellum said: “We are very excited at the potential benefits this agreement offers, both to the two companies and to their customers. We are confident that by working closely together, we can improve performance for all of us.”

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The agreement includes Wartsila’s inert gas systems and combined inert gas and gas combustion units, as well as SAACKE’s boilers, exhaust gas economisers, and air-cooled gas combustion units.

Wartsila’s flue gas system will also be available to SAACKE, making it possible to deliver a boiler and flue gas system in one go, improving system performance while cutting down the cost.

The joint offering will focus on the LPGC and LNGC markets.

For Wartsila, the agreement will focus on gas systems while for SAACKE, it will enable it to supply boilers and inert gas systems as a single integrated solution for tankers.

Recently, Wartsila received an order to deliver a complete range of solutions for a new 132m-long roll-on, roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry, named Manxman, for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IOMSPC).