Wärtsilä Signs Service Agreement with Maersk LNG

December 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

Ship power system integrator Wärtsilä has signed a five-year service agreement with Maersk LNG that includes maintenance planning, condition and performance monitoring, co-ordination and supply of technical services, parts and service work for five LNG vessels equipped with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Maersk LNG operates a fleet of seven LNG vessels, with one more on order for delivery early 2010.

            “For Maersk LNG, this service agreement means improved levels of certainty regarding servicing of the main engines on our LNG vessels. With this monitoring system in place, maintenance work can be proactive,” said Claus Thomsen, Director of Maersk LNG. “The contract also guarantees us stable maintenance costs for at least the next five years.”

            Wärtsilä offers proactive and dynamic maintenance programs called DMP (Dynamic Maintenance Planning), which includes the planning and scheduling of engine maintenance based on online monitoring of each engine’s mechanical condition, performance, system efficiency data and other indicators. As data are collected and monitored daily, the sources of faults can be identified before failure occurs.

            “Wärtsilä’s service agreements including DMP are mainly about risk management in vessel operation. By providing this service we are supporting our customer’s business,” said Bo Lindy Jensen, General Manager, Strategic Account Management, Wärtsilä in Denmark. “As a designer and manufacturer of marine and power plant engines, Wärtsilä also has the best possible know-how regarding how they should be maintained. Long-term service contracts provide us with a continuous flow of information on each engine’s operational characteristics throughout its lifecycle. Combined with our experience, this information helps us develop even better products and service solutions.”

            The Wärtsilä DMP system offers clear potential for reducing maintenance costs. Intervals between overhauls are flexible based on actual condition and operational risk profile, the need for unplanned maintenance is reduced, uptime is increased, and engine efficiency can be optimized.

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