October 20, 2017

Testlab finds major maritime partner in Germany

Testlab's route optimisation solutions can help achieve 5–10 per cent fuel savings for ships a day.
Testlab's route optimisation solutions can help achieve 5–10 per cent fuel savings for ships a day.
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Oulu-based cleantech company Testlab has signed an extensive collaboration and service agreement with maritime technology supplier MarieApps.

MarieApps is part of the large German maritime industry company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM).

The agreement will see Finnish Testlab’s route optimisation technology fitted into ships managed by MarieApps and BSM. The companies currently serve and operate more than 800 passenger and cargo ships worldwide and aim to double that number by 2020.

The technology includes Testlab’s MareCastÒ, IceTrails and FuelMACS solutions, which assist ships in choosing the optimal route by calculating weather and sea conditions, and also provides information on fuel consumption en route.

“The solutions developed by Testlab considerably improve the energy efficiency of ships and enable utilisation of data produced by ships to automate operations and improve efficiency,” says Sankar Ragawan, CEO of MarieApps. “With the collaboration agreement, TestLab and MariApps combine their product offerings into a seamless whole. Sales of the new broader service have already commenced for new customers of BSM and MariApps.”

The collaboration also significantly strengthens Testlab’s position on international markets.

“The agreement made with MarieApps opens a route to the growing international markets for Testlab,” comments Arto Koistinen, CEO of Testlab. “We will announce new collaboration agreements by the end of year, that lead us to expect considerable growth during 2018.”

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