Wilhelmsen and Rainmaking join forces

Matching Wilhelmsen’s maritime expertise and product development know-how with Rainmaking’s proven track record in entrepreneurship and venture building, the new partnership aims to spin-out and scale-up existing innovative solutions researched and developed by Wilhelmsen with potential to scale across the industry. Wilhelmsen’s Digi Boiler is the first project to benefit from this collaboration.

Kjell André Engen, VP of marine products at Wilhelmsen, commented, “We are thrilled to be able to partner with a company like Rainmaking to help us scale solutions we believe have the potential to become new growth ventures in the industry. This partnership will enable us to bring invaluable solutions, such as Digi Boiler to a bigger market in a more scalable way.”

Signing an initial agreement, a multidisciplinary team including product specialists and venture builders among others is currently being put together.

Michael Pomerleau, partner at Rainmaking Innovation, said, “Ultimately this is about the digitisation and optimisation of operational processes critical to the global merchant fleet – which is a huge untapped space.”

Having built and accelerated more than 750 tech ventures globally Rainmaking Innovation specialises in venture building, spin-outs and rapid scaling.

Minimising the risks associated with poor boiler water management, Wilhelmsen’s automated boiler water dosing system monitors boiler water condition, dosing chemicals as and when they are needed. Delivering real-time condition monitoring, essential data is accessible to both the vessel’s crew and onshore staff, via a custom- made portal.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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