April 8, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Shipbuilding, climate science, industry and games

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Tallink is adding a 250 million-euro ship to its fleet with the help of Rauma Marine Constructions.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Rauma Marine Constructions, University of Helsinki, Wärtsilä and Psyon Games make headlines.

Rauma Marine Constructions commences work on a new Tallink ferry, the University of Helsinki joins the Climate Alliance, Wärtsilä helps to power an entire Philippine island, and Psyon Games wins eyeforpharma’s Health Startup Challenge.

Rauma shipyard begins construction of new Tallink ferry

Rauma Marine Constructions has started building Tallink Grupp’s new LNG-powered car and passenger ferry at its shipyard in Rauma, Finland. The MyStar ferry will be the largest ship built at the shipyard and will be fitted with cutting-edge technologies to make it energy-efficient and eco-friendly. The roughly 250 million-euro ferry will operate between the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and Estonia’s capital, Tallinn. Rauma Marine Constructions stresses that it’s taking sizeable measures at the shipyard to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Rauma Marine Constructions

University of Helsinki joins Climate Alliance network

The University of Helsinki has been invited to join the new International Universities Climate Alliance, which aims to provide research insights on the most effective ways to combat climate change. The network is led by the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW Sydney), which has asked 40 of the world’s top universities in climate research to join the alliance. The partners will seek to find out how to best communicate research-based facts related to climate change to the public, as well as engage in work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation. The Climate Alliance also looks to work together with policymakers, educators and business leaders.

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Wärtsilä engines to power entire island in the Philippines

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will deliver engineering and equipment for a new 23-megawatt power plant on the island of Bantayan in the Philippines. The plant will provide electricity for the entire island, which is currently suffering from frequent blackouts. The island has a population of around 79 000 people and has considerable business and tourism potential that would require a reliable power supply. The new power plant will be built and operated by Isla Norte Energy.

Wärtsilä

Psyon Games wins Health Startup Challenge

Finnish gaming company Psyon Games has been named the 2020 Health Start-up Champion by eyeforpharma, a global hub for pharma professionals. The first gaming company to ever win the title, Psyon was recognised at a virtual event organised in Barcelona last week. The game studio has developed the strategic Antidote game, where players must defend stem cells against hordes of virus and bacteria. It has also collaborated closely with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline since 2018 to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination with the help of the game.

Psyon Games

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