Wartsila & Silverstream to jointly offer ship air lubrication technology
TECHNOLOGY group Wartsila and Silverstream Technologies, an air lubrication solution provider, have inked a Licence and Co-operation Agreement for future sales and servicing of the Silverstream system
TECHNOLOGY group Wartsila and Silverstream Technologies, an air lubrication solution provider, have inked a Licence and Co-operation Agreement for future sales and servicing of the Silverstream system.
As an authorised sales and service partner, Wartsila intends to fully integrate Silverstream's air lubrication system within its propulsion solutions.
The Silverstream system creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel. This carpet reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water, reducing fuel consumption and related emissions.
By offering the Silverstream System as an integral part of Wartsila's propulsion solution for newbuild vessels, compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will be further improved.
Under the agreement, the Silverstream system will also be available through Wartsila's sales channels for retrofit installations on existing vessels where Wartsila is a primary solution provider.
The integrated Silverstream system is expected to realise synergies in capital and operational savings across the propulsion chain by increasing fuel efficiency, and optimising engine loading. The air lubrication technology has been proven to reduce fuel burn and associated emissions by five to 10 per cent, depending on vessel type, a joint company statement said.
This new collaborative partnership will accelerate the deployment of air lubrication systems across all vessel classes, from small bulk vessels to the largest containerships. By combining Wartsila's propulsion expertise and Silverstream's innovative engineering knowledge, access to this clean technology will be facilitated across the market.
Going forward, the collaboration agreement will enable current and future Silverstream customers to access Wartsila's global service network for the maintenance of their Silverstream system installations. Wartsila's network comprises service centres, workshops and 4,500 field service professionals located in 70 countries worldwide.
Speaking on the agreement, Wartsila Marine director Lars Anderson said: 'At Wartsila we are committed to fully supporting our customers as they strive to reduce operating costs and improve the environmental sustainability impact of their operations. Today's agreement enables us to facilitate the building of better vessels that meet tomorrow's challenges today.'
Silverstream Technologies CEO Noah Silberschmidt added: 'With the global sulphur cap almost upon us and decarbonisation targets on the horizon, the commercial case for proven clean technology has never been stronger.'