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Friday, September 11, 2020 

CIMAC, the trade association of the Internal Combustion Engines Industry, has announced the formation of a ‘Digitalization Strategy Group’, which it anticipates could develop into a central discussion platform for digitisation in the global maritime industry.

Capt Eero Lehtovaara, Head of Regulatory Affairs, ABB Marine and Ports, has been designated as chair of the group. He said: “We need a consolidated vision of how digitalisation of propulsion and power generation topics will contribute to the digitalisation of the maritime industry as a whole. Recognising that the important topic needs the industry’s attention and clarification, we are convinced that in the long run digitalisation will contribute to improved operational efficiencies and safety of the entire maritime logistics chain. The CIMAC Digitalization Strategy Group is in no doubt a first step in this direction.”

Rick Boom, Director - Marketing, Woodward, and CIMAC VP added: “Digitalisation is such an important topic to our industry, I’m pleased that CIMAC is taking a leading role to help provide a perspective in decision making to our members and all stakeholders on the topic”.

The kick-off meeting was attended by management level participants from companies representing the engine manufacturer segment, component suppliers, classification societies, system integration solution providers, and universities. Due to the current situation, the meeting was held online.

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