Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimised maintenance agreement with sub-sea services specialists Sapura Brazil, a deal which includes a data-driven asset diagnostics programme covering the vessels’ main engines and thrusters, with maintenance to be defined based on the actual condition of the equipment.
The agreement, signed in June 2019, covers Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels (PLSVs), and aims to enable a predictive maintenance strategy whereby servicing activities and overhauls are carried out according to the known condition of the equipment components, rather than on fixed scheduled intervals.
Applying this Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) system should optimise the time between major maintenance work and increase the efficiency of the vessels’ operations, Wärtsilä says, reducing both scheduled and unscheduled downtime.
“This agreement provides the customer with the benefits of the extensive experience and know-how we have, plus the latest predictive analytics technology,” said André Bosman, Director, Business and Operations Support, Wärtsilä Marine.
“Wärtsilä is able to accurately analyse the need for maintenance on the ships’ engines and thrusters, and with our class-approved DMP concept we can achieve the flexibility and cost savings not possible with conventional manual-based maintenance planning.”
“The necessary work and spare part requirements can be efficiently planned and scheduled in accordance with the Sapura vessels’ utilisation demand, and based on the true condition of the propulsion equipment.”