The technology group Wartsila has signed a strategic partnership agreement with SAACKE, the Germany based global supplier of marine firing plants for seagoing vessels, offshore plants and LNG tankers. The agreement will strengthen the companies’ ability to offer a comprehensive range of leading technology solutions to shipyards and ship owners. A central feature of the agreement is a cooperation regarding safety, in particular with Inert Gas Systems and Gas Combustion Units. The agreement will also enable both partners to offer larger and more comprehensive scopes of supply. This will in turn benefit customers in the form of technology capability, cost savings, improved services, and easier procurement procedures.The agreement covers SAACKE’s Boilers, Exhaust Gas Economizers, and air-cooled Gas Combustion Units, as well as Wärtsilä’s Inert Gas Systems and combined Inert Gas & Gas Combustion units. Wärtsilä will also make its Flue Gas system available to SAACKE, thereby making it possible for a single delivery of a Boiler and Flue Gas system, thereby improving system performance and reducing cost.The joint offering targets the LNGC and LPGC markets, which are expected to remain strong during the coming years. The strategic partnership will provide the market place with a stronger and more competitive vendor. For Wärtsilä, the agreement encourages an increased focus on Gas Systems, while for SAACKE it adds the ability to deliver Boilers and Inert Gas Systems as a single integrated solution for tankers.SAACKE is the inventor of the Gas Combustion Unit technology. As specialist in combustion systems for seagoing vessels, SAACKE makes it possible with the GCU to transport liquefied natural gas safely and reliably at sea.