ABB moves into weather routing with DTN acquisition

ABB has entered into an agreement to acquire the shipping weather routing business of US technology company DTN, taking over its DTN Europe and DTN Philippines businesses (collectively DTN Shipping).

The move will expand ABB’s capabilities in maritime software and add new opportunities to offer ship route optimisation services, with approximately 85 DTN employees, most of whom are located in the Netherlands and Philippines, to be integrated into the wider organisation.

The acquisition of the DTN Shipping portfolio covers vessel routing software, including analytics, reporting, and modelling applications, and is expected to close during Q2 2024. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the ABB family. With DTN Shipping’s unique weather routing solutions, combined with our existing digital portfolio, we can bring significant benefits for ship owners and operators worldwide,” said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports.

“This is integral to our commitment to deploy digital solutions for the purpose of driving better operational decisions, resulting in increasingly sustainable performance of vessels. With this acquisition, we can now offer all levels of digitalisation, across all fleet types and sizes, creating a unique offering in vessel and voyage performance.”

The DTN Shipping business will also bring new application programming interfaces (API) to ABB and expand the number of vessels connected to the company’s networks to over 5,000.

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