Schottel and Ulstein partner on automation and digital services

Schottel and Ulstein partner on automation and digital services

Ship design and building services provider Ulstein and manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems Schottel have announced a new cooperation to deliver automated and digitalised services to the maritime industry.

Former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue Ctrl, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and SCHOTTEL will own 50 per cent of the shares in the company.

Deliveries from the company will be based on the X-CONNECT digital platform for marine automation, control and monitoring. All functionality in the system is predefined and configurable to support a configure, plug and play scenario.

As well as systems for newbuilding projects, the new cooperation will also offer systems suitable for vessel upgrades.

“There are many similarities between our companies. We are both privately owned. This implies the possibility of long-term strategic business concepts. We believe that we have products which are highly complementary”, said Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO in Ulstein Group.

“Seen from the designer’s perspective, we believe that a closer integration between the development of the marine platform and the propulsion system will give far better operations of the vessel. If we manage to streamline more data between the different systems on board, we can optimise dynamic positioning and operations. This again will lead to reduced fuel consumption, reduced emission hence greener operations.”

“We very much look forward to this cooperation in Blue CTRL and to start the common development of intelligent systems for marine automation and digitalisation. The Blue CTRL systems will not only enable us to offer our customers smarter and integrated controls for both newbuilding and existing vessels, but also provide a solid system for the offering of hybrid and electric solutions. Partnerships are essential in the current market. With the independent set up of Blue CTRL, with a clear focus on the development of automation and digital services, we ensure that we continue serve our customers as the innovative and global propulsion experts,” commented Stefan Kaul, president industrial operations & CEO in Schottel.

This article was originally published on Digital Ship.