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China looks to Iceland to help speed smart ship development

Written by Nick Blenkey
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OCTOBER 27, 2017 — Looking, among other things, to accelerate its development of a smart ship concept, leading Chinese ship design house SDARI has signed a partnership agreement with Reykjavik, Iceland, headquartered Marorka, a specialist in data driven energy management and operational performance solutions for the maritime industry.

“This partnership with Marorka will add significant value to the development of more fuel-efficient vessels with data driven energy management and operational performance,” said SDARI President Mr. Hu Jin Tao. “This will enable our customers to reduce fuel consumption with a very short payback time for the system, improve the environmental foot print by cutting emissions and optimize fleet performance giving significant financial savings and improved safety.”

He added that “This partnership will assist SDARI in accelerating the development of a smart ship concept”.

SDARI (Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute) is a part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

“This partnership with SDARI will open many new doors for Marorka to the Chinese market,” said Marorka CEO Mr. Juergen Kudritzki. “Marorka will benefit from the strong design capabilities and marketing network that SDARI has via its long history of designing high quality vessels for the Chinese shipyards.”

He added that SDARI’s technical skills and understanding of ship design will assist Marorka in its future development of advanced optimization systems for both newbuildings and retrofits.

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