Greek shipping company Thenamaris LNG has agreed a new five-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement with Wärtsilä covering the main engines for two new 174,000 cbm LNG carriers, which will enable remote support with condition monitoring and AI-powered predictive maintenance on the vessels.
The ships, ‘Cool Discoverer’ and ‘Cool Racer’, are powered by low pressure WinGD X-DF two-stroke, dual-fuel main engines, and were built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea.
Under the contract terms, Wärtsilä will provide remote support via systems including Expert Insight, its digital predictive maintenance product for two- or four-stroke engines. Expert Insight utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and specialised diagnostics, backed by Wärtsilä’s in-house experts, to provide proactive advice and recommendations to the vessel operator should performance deviations occur.
“To achieve optimal operational efficiency, it is necessary to take advantage of the latest and most advanced technology,” said Andreas Rapanakis, Deputy Technical Manager, Thenamaris LNG.
“The agreement with Wärtsilä allows us to benefit from the technological and physical support they can provide through Expert Insight and their global service network. The tailored agreement addresses our main concerns and needs and provides ways to better manage our costs and risks.
Wärtsilä will also provide maintenance planning services and annual engine health audits under the contract, as well as managing the planning and delivery of spare parts prior to each engine overhaul.