AVEVA, IMI extend collaboration to drive digital transformation in maritime sector

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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AVEVA, a global leader in engineering, industrial software, and International Maritime Industries (IMI), announced that they have extended their existing long-term collaboration with a new strategic partnership to develop best-in-class products and services for the maritime sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

The new joint venture, which includes Saudi Aramco, UAE’s Lamprell Plc, Bahri, and Hyundai Heavy Industries, will use AVEVA Unified Engineering and AVEVA Digital Ship and Shipyard Operations to improve digitization across the maritime lifecycle over a period of 10 years.

IMI is driving an accelerated and sophisticated digital program to ensure that it can begin yard operations using the most cutting-edge technology advancements by 2023. This will enable IMI to deliver agile and efficient new-build project execution, a connected, digitally empowered workforce to ensure safe and effective ship production, and a smart linked shipyard to continually optimize its facility’s operating efficiency.

All parties in the partnership will work together to improve digital transformation for IMI’s core business processes and facilities. AVEVA and IMI will also work together to drive futuristic developments and co-innovation in new technologies, such as digital solutions and services for the maritime industry.

Mr. Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO of IMI remarked that “the maritime industry is increasingly prioritizing and integrating the digitalization and automation of operations. IMI will offer a range of technologically advanced, high-quality sustainable products and innovative lifecycle management services for customers at internationally competitive prices. As the largest full-service yard in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, IMI will help shape the maritime industry as a global leader and disruptor in applying digital solutions to manage, monitor, and operate our innovative smart yard.”

AVEVA’s end-to-end solutions are assisting maritime industry organizations around the world in transforming their shipbuilding. As they focus on automating processes, streamlining operations, and increasing efficiency for a sustainable future, organizations are increasingly examining energy-efficient digital transformation technology. With AVEVA’s wide software portfolio addressing all aspects of design, engineering, and operation, IMI is now well-positioned to accomplish its digital goals.

Mr. Peter Herweck, CEO, AVEVA concluded that “We provide an integrated, data- management platform that spans IMI’s core business processes. We are also committed to being a strong partner for co-innovating on transformational technologies and services. We aim to play a key role in delivering data solutions for IMI, enabling them to offer smart digital products to customers. Using insights from advanced AI-infused analytics will enable IMI to continuously optimize its operational agility and engineering efficiency. We look forward to further building this partnership and taking it to new heights over the coming years.”

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