Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solution provider, is launching its Wärtsilä Communication and Control Centre (Wärtsilä 3C) solution at the SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Germany on 7 September.

Wärtsilä 3C is a new way of thinking, and it will be the first system to integrate the entire vessel's control into one solution. With the introduction of Wärtsilä 3C, Wärtsilä's expertise in integrating its own products and systems, such as automation, propulsion and engines, with other operationally relevant equipment and systems to obtain a truly fully integrated solution, is again highlighted.  In this case, all the needed ship's controls and alarms are integrated with a common interface for the highest efficiency and best possible situational awareness. The Wärtsilä 3C has been designed in co-operation with experienced maritime professionals to ensure fluent control of the vessel, and to make ship operation easier and safer than ever before.

The innovative Wärtsilä 3C system is a key enabler for the leveraging of energy management and integrated navigation solutions, and offers efficiency optimization and emissions reduction benefits. Route planning, optimal engine configuration and decision support will increase the vessel's fuel economy and reduce the maintenance requirements of the ship's systems. In optimizing engine performance, and ensuring maximum power availability with high efficiency, fuel consumption is reduced - as is, therefore, the volume of harmful emissions.

With the Wärtsilä 3C, owners can remotely optimize their assets and achieve real-time fleet management. The system is supported by Wärtsilä's global service capabilities to maximize the availability and efficiency of a ship's crucial operating equipment throughout its lifecycle. This global network is enhanced by the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy's training facilities, to provide comprehensive instruction on all ship operating systems.

The Wärtsilä 3C will comply with all major classification societies and notations, and is designed to meet the highest standards - even when being used in the most difficult operating environments. The modularized components and customized design make the Wärtsilä 3C suitable for all types of vessels. Furthermore, regardless of the ship's level of redundancy, it will maintain the same high system design and component quality. The navigation technology used in the Wärtsilä 3C is supplied by Raytheon Anschütz, a proven provider of advanced maritime navigational systems.

By being able to offer a totally integrated solution, Wärtsilä offers cost saving benefits to both shipyards and owners. The Wärtsilä 3C is seen as being an important step in the company's strategy of providing a full range of efficient and environmentally sustainable ship power systems from a single source. It will hasten the development of future solutions, such as economical autopilots and other innovations.

"With Wärtsilä 3C, Wärtsilä can now provide, manage and guarantee maintenance for the full scope of all ship operating systems, which further strengthens our position as the industry's leading systems integrator and solution provider," commented Mr Aaron Bresnahan, Vice President, Special Vessels, Wärtsilä Ship Power. "It is important to note that we are not merely the integrator for the ship's controls, but we also have the most innovative technological know-how on the market together with a wide range of services. The Wärtsilä 3C is the nerve centre for the vessel, and will definitely simplify operations. It also adds features, maximizes the ship's power efficiency, and extends its lifecycle."