Wärtsilä has acquired Guidance Marine Limited, a technology
leader within the marine industry for sensor solutions relating
to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as
collision avoidance and remote control operations.
Wärtsilä said it is committed to providing technologies needed to
enhance "intelligent" shipping, whereby digital solutions will
improve the efficiency, safety and profit earning capabilities.
According to Wärtsilä, the acquisition of Guidance Marine will
enhance its capabilities in the areas essential for more
intelligent vessel navigation such as situational awareness and
Maik Stoevhase, Director, Automation, Navigation &
Communication, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said, "Guidance
Marine's core competences are wide ranging and include the
development of sophisticated positional measurement sensors and
systems for high accuracy control applications. These competences
complement our own activities in the field of radar technology,
navigation and dynamic positioning, by joining forces we can
certainly further accelerate the introduction of solutions that
will take shipping into a new era of efficiency."
Jan Grothusen, CEO at Guidance Marine, said, "Joining forces with
the Wärtsilä Corporation presents an exciting opportunity for
Guidance Marine to work alongside a major player in the marine
industry. We are committed to continue serving all our customers,
whilst at the same time looking forward to bringing them faster
access to new products and technologies. This partnership
provides a significant step change in developing the future of
maritime positioning and navigation where the integration of
multi-modal sensor technologies is a key factor in the delivery
of 'intelligent' vessels."
Guidance Marine is a privately owned company with offices in the
U.K., Singapore and the U.S. It employs more than 50 people
worldwide. Founded in 1991, the company has developed in-house
capabilities, including a dozen patents for various technologies
and a ready portfolio of closely related products. In its
research and development activities, the company has also
established strong connections with a number of U.K.
universities. In 2016, Guidance Marine's turnover was £6.3
million ($8.3 million).