Aveva and IMI extend collaboration to accelerate maritime sector digital transformation in the Middle East and Africa

Aveva, one of the leaders in industrial software, and  International Maritime Industries (IMI), announced that they have extended their existing long-term collaboration with a new strategic partnership. The partnership will further advance IMI’s engineering solutions to include production and manufacturing processes, developing best-in-class products and services for the maritime sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The new joint venture involves Saudi Aramco, Lamprell Plc, Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries and spans a 10-year period, to optimize digitalization across the maritime lifecycle utilizing Aveva Unified Engineering and Aveva Digital Ship and Shipyard Operations. 

Set to be fully operational by 2023, IMI is driving an accelerated digital program to ensure it is able to commence yard operations using the most advanced technology innovations. This will help IMI to deliver agile and efficient newbuild project execution, a connected, digitally-enabled workforce to ensure safer and more effective ship production, and a smart connected shipyard to continuously optimize the operational efficiency of its facility. The partnership will see all parties collaborating on enhancing digital transformation for IMI’s core business processes and facilities. AVEVA and IMI will also join forces to power futuristic developments and co-innovation of new technologies, including  digital solutions and services for the maritime industry.  

Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO at IMI, said: “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 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.”  

Peter Herweck, CEO, Aveva, commented: “Aveva has a comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge solutions for large-scale digital transformational projects for the maritime industry. 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.”