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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

Italy-based Ecospray, a Carnival Group company involved in exhaust gas cleaning systems, has formed a partnership with relayr, a Berlin-headquartered digital data specialist, to create new IoT-based desulphurisation solutions for maritime applications.

Ecospray, whose portfolio includes green energy and voyage optimisation as well as exhaust gas cleaning, and IoT (Internet of Things) developer relayr will be creating a new generation of emission control equipment, described as "smart scrubbers managed using artificial intelligence".

 Stefano Di Santo, CEO Ecospray, said: "Being part of Carnival Corporation has given us the opportunity to implement high-performance and reliable technological solutions in record time. We were enabled to gain experience across the entire fleet and unparalleled sailing experience, which has allowed us to build robust and use case specific innovations at speed."

The new IMO-compliant devices are said to be not only an innovation in a more sustainable future but also an investment that will significantly reduce equipment-running costs for ship operators. The integration of relayr’s IoT and AI offering tailored to EGCS devices allows guaranteed constant compliance with IMO regulations and offers savings in terms of performance and maintenance through remote monitoring and advanced life cycle analysis. The ability to constantly monitor and analyse the scrubbers’ performance ensures longer equipment life and fuel savings by optimisation while allowing a significant reduction in operating costs.

"We are delighted to collaborate with a company like Ecospray, igniting together the digital transformation of the marine industry," said Josef Brunner, CEO of relayr. "This partnership allows us to enter a new market – bringing high added value with IIoT solutions, helping to exploit the full potential of the control systems machines, and ultimately contributing to the reduction of harmful gas emissions."

“In the maritime industry, a fleet could include hundreds of ships, so the opportunities to build smart machines on such a large scale are literally endless," added Di Santo. "The constant motivation that this project offers us on a daily basis requires a totally different and creative approach to problem solving. I am certain of one thing: together we will never stop improving. Ecospray and relayr: disrupting innovations across the oceans."

The process of digitalisation of equipment for gas emission control is only a first step towards a broader business transformation process for Ecospray. The partnership ultimately envisages the adoption of the Equipment as a Service (EaaS) model. Unlike the traditional asset purchase model, EaaS is based on a pay-per-use offering, in which equipment is no longer purchased but provided in exchange for a usage fee.

Thanks to relayr's experience in implementing the EaaS model, Ecospray will be able to create value for its customers.

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