Technology group Wärtsilä and air lubrication pioneer Silverstream Technologies have signed an agreement to ‘fully integrate Silverstream systems into Wärtsilä’s propulsion solutions'.
The companies say the partnership will 'accelerate the deployment of air lubrication systems across all vessel classes – from small bulk vessels to the largest container ships'.
The collaboration will begin with Wärtsilä becoming an authorised sales and service partner for Silverstream systems.
“With the global sulphur cap almost upon us and decarbonisation targets on the horizon, the commercial case for proven clean technology has never been stronger,” says Noah Silberschmidt, CEO, Silverstream Technologies.
“It’s now time for ship owners to take action to reduce their operational costs and their impact on the environment – and this new agreement will help unlock the power of air lubrication technology for more vessels across our sector.”
The Silverstream system creates a carpet of micro-bubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel – reducing frictional resistance between the hull and the water and significantly reducing fuel consumption and related emissions.
The technology has been proven to work in all maritime conditions, is not weather dependent, and does not constrain or negatively impact the normal operational profile of the vessel.
Wärtsilä says that “by offering the Silverstream System as an integral part of our propulsion solutions for new build vessels, compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) will be further improved.”
The agreement means more ship owners will have easy access to Silverstream technology via Wärtsilä’s extensive network of service centres, which are now located in more than 70 countries around the world.