Wärtsilä Acquires Transas to Develop Smart Marine Vision


The technology group Wärtsilä is to acquire Transas, a global company headquartered in the UK, in a transaction valued at US$ 258.7 million (€210 million).

Transas leverages the latest in machine learning and AI to create a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the entire marine ecosystem.

This will allow Wärtsilä to advance its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision.

The Finnish corporation recently tightened its grip on the vessel control system market by buying Guidance Marine to further its 'intelligent' shipping development.


Wärtsilä took a crucial step towards developing its Smart Marine capabilities by successfully testing a remote-control ship:


Established in 1990, Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital products and electronic charts.

The company is also a leader in professional training and simulation services, ship traffic control, as well as monitoring, and support.

Transas’ current annual net sales are in the region of $172.4 (€140 million).

The company has 22 regional offices worldwide and a distribution network that spans 120 countries.

It has a workforce of approximately 1000 employees who will integrate within Wärtsilä’s Marine Solutions business.

The large base of software engineers will play a key role in assisting Wärtsilä with the development of smart products and a digital platform.

This acquisition takes Wärtsilä a significant step closer to achieving its mission of enabling sustainable societies with smart technologies.

It will also speed delivery on the company’s promise to disrupt the industry by establishing a digitally connected ecosystem across the entire supply chain, through applications that are secure, smart and cloud-based.

The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018.

Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is a vision whereby smart vessels connect with smart ports to deliver three fundamental industry benefits.

These include maximising the use of resources and operational efficiency, minimising environmental impact and risk, and achieving the highest levels of safety and security.

Through data integration, greater connectivity and cloud-based technology, Wärtsilä aims to resolve inefficiencies in the shipping sector resulting from overcapacity, sub-optimal fuel consumption, and waiting times at ports and other high-traffic areas.

Read a Port Technology technical paper by Rolls-Royce on how the smart ship will revolutionize the landscape of ship design and operations

Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “Combining Transas with Wärtsilä will bring the Smart Marine Ecosystem many steps forward.

“We can now connect Wärtsilä’s product portfolio, the biggest in the Marine industry, with ship traffic control, simulators, navigation solutions and fleet operation solutions from Transas.

“The combined package will further improve the way a vessel can sail in the most cost efficient and environmental friendly way for our customers.”

Frank Coles, CEO of Transas, said: “It is incredibly exciting to have this opportunity to join the Wärtsilä brand in delivering the future of maritime transport.

“We share a common vision; one of a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly maritime industry.

“The Transas team has significant competences in technology, along with a globally recognized leadership position in navigation, simulation and traffic control systems. 

“Adding these to the extensive, world leading Wärtsilä portfolio of services and products, provides an unparalleled opportunity for a new ecosystem for maritime operations.”

Read more: Rolls-Royce has unveiled an Intelligent Awareness (IA) system that uses multiple sensors with intelligent software to mitigate against the safety risks navigators face when operating vessels at night, in adverse weather conditions or in congested waterways

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