Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) have extended their long-term cooperation agreement to continue until 2028, covering optimisation of maintenance and real-time engine condition monitoring on RCL vessels.
The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years before this new extension, which covers a total of 196 engines installed in 46 cruise ships, the majority of which sail in the Caribbean and Europe.
The largest portion of RCL fleet of vessels is equipped with Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring technology, which transmits real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis, supporting predictive maintenance planning and optimisation of operations.
Wärtsilä also manages Turbocharger maintenance, and provides OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for the 46 RCL ships.
“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships,” says Sean Carey, Service Unit Director North America, Wärtsilä Services.
“This is a natural direction, as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance. A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance their business. Close cooperation is essential in such partnerships.”