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We are living in an age of global challenges. Reason enough for Wärtsilä to take the initiative for a worldwide movement aimed at encouraging the maritime and energy industries to build an extremely efficient, environmentally sound, digitally connected and collaborative ecosystem. Wärtsilä is committed to this movement, with its purpose statement: Enabling sustainable societies with smart technology. But a technology company and OEM cannot achieve this alone...

With the broadest and most extensive range, no company is better equipped to drive this movement than Wärtsilä. We call the movement ‘An Oceanic Awakening’: it's a campaign with a wake-up call to all interested parties in our sector to unite and collaborate on a sustainable ecosystem with smart technologies. It's a campaign to which Wärtsilä will link more initiatives in the coming period. The first step is setting up an independent forum, SEA20.

Things have to change

Overcapacity, fuel inefficiency, long waiting times for ships to moor, and waste in the sea. All this affects our industry, the world we live in, the future of our growing cities, and the costs of pretty much every item in the global economy.

Change is crucial. In order to effect that change, Wärtsilä launched SEA20: an international open forum for policy makers to co-design the necessary developments by uniting the world's smartest and environmentally-ambitious cities to rethink their maritime ecosystems, to come up with practical solutions, to share best practices, to apply new technologies and contribute to doing smarter business by way of our oceans. This cross-company collaboration in the sector is necessary, especially because there are currently more questions than answers.

SEA20 is a non-profit organisation administrated by Nordic West Office


SEA20, launched during the TMM fair in Hamburg last September, also brought a number of key influencers together who are looking at how the first pilot cities can best profit from a Smart Marine Ecosystem. Founder of SEA20, Wärtsilä's president and CEO, Jaakko Eskola, is enthusiastic: “The call for more efficiency, sustainability and connectivity is just too strong to be ignored. A rapid acceleration that will benefit the entire sector in particular, and society in general, is badly needed. We're going to work hard in the forum on a sustainable future, with the whole sector and other involved parties.”

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SEA20 has been made possible by Wärtsilä. It's a non-profit organisation administrated by Nordic West Office.

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Andrew Calzetti

Marketing Director Wärtsilä

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Sabine Bonenkamp
Manager Marketing Communications, Wärtsilä