Werkina is one of most experienced and successful maritime installation companies in the region. The secret of their success? If the situation calls for it, they're stubborn enough to swim against the tide. But they're also smart enough to know when that tide has turned and it’s time to change tack. And sometimes they even chart a new course for the entire sector – like they did in 1996, when they introduced their Digital Operating System (DBS) with touchscreen interface. This was quickly adopted as the new standard for ship operating systems. And they can thank DBS for their current reputation in the shipping sector as an innovative, creative and trendsetting player.
Werkina believes the future is electric – entirely electric. A few dozen years from now, you won’t find any fossil fuels on board ships anymore. This forecast isn’t just based on developments in technology. It’s also confirmed by the growing number of major clients that set ‘100% green’ as a condition for their new build projects. And the transition is also supported by the general public, while governments stimulate it by adapting strict regulations on the one hand and interesting subsidy schemes on the other.
On-board technology is ready for the transition
Propulsion, power management, all on-board components are completely ready for this electric future. There aren’t many options left to improve things at the efficiency end, with engines transferring 97% of their power to the propshaft. Nowadays, the focus is entirely on storing and charging electricity. While this is a massive challenge, new developments in this area follow each other in rapid succession. More and more major parties in other industries – like Mercedes and Siemens, for example – are investing in the development of large batteries. Indeed, in the past three years, capacity doubled in relation to volume – and this development shows no signs of winding down. It’s fairly safe to assume that in three years’ time, capacity will have doubled once again – or maybe even increased even further.