Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg have signed a ten year ‘Power-by-the-Hour’ service agreement for four new coastal cruise vessels that are currently under construction, a deal which will see Kongsberg perform remote monitoring of real-time data collected from onboard systems to continuously manage and maintain the shipboard equipment.
The 150 million NOK (approximately US$17.5 million) contract sees Kongsberg Maritime take on responsibility for all equipment service planning and performance, with Havila Kystruten paying a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship.
Kongsberg Maritime monitors the equipment aboard each vessel from shore, collecting data from onboard sensors. The company’s engineers can then connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer to do the job.
The agreement also covers planned maintenance, while day-to-day maintenance aboard ship will be carried out by the shipping company itself.
“It’s extremely important for Havila Kystruten to operate our new fleet with as little downtime as possible due to service requirements or equipment failure. Power by the hour is a tool made possible in the age of digitalisation, and we are looking forward to experience its benefits for our customers,” said Per Sævik, Chairman of Havila Kystruten.
From January 2021, Havila Kystruten will operate four passenger ships on the coastal route between the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Kirkenes. The ships will be equipped with an equipment package from Kongsberg Maritime that includes the main propulsion thrusters, PM tunnel thrusters, and stabilisers. Kongsberg will also deliver the ships’ LNG systems, which include four Rolls-Royce Bergen gas engines.
“Power by the hour harnesses the power of ‘Big Data’. The system enables us to offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than before,” said Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime.
In related news, Kongsberg also reports that its Kongsberg Digital division has completed the delivery of a K-Sim Full Mission Engine Simulator to The Institute of Marine Engineers (IMEI) in India, to be used to prepare post-sea marine engineers for their Certificate of Competency examination, conducted by India’s Directorate General of Shipping.
The simulator has been set up to mimic an MAN ME intelligent engine, faithfully replicating the actual engine control system (ECS) used onboard ship.
The Main Operator Panel (MOP) displays are based on MAN’s own MOP displays, and training in low emission operations is also facilitated by the inclusion of fuel tanks for low sulphur HFO, as well as exhaust gas scrubber systems, in the model.
Instructors can use the technology to construct exercises covering all processes and techniques related to the running of an engine room, ranging from manoeuvring, boiler/turbine operation and control loop optimisation, to fault diagnosis and crisis management.
“We would like to extend our thanks to KDI (Kongsberg Digital) for their timely, efficient and most professional project management,” said CV Subba Rao, President, IMEI.
“The simulator installation went very smoothly and without a hitch. On behalf of all of us here at the institute, I’d like to thank the KDI team, and I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between our two organisations.”