Chinese dredger signs up for AI-based engine maintenance

Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering, a Chinese dredging company, has signed a five-year service agreement with Wärtsilä to manage AI-powered Optimised Maintenance of the engines aboard the latest addition to the company’s fleet.

The agreement covers the Chang Jing 9, a trailing suction dredger delivered at the end of 2019 that is powered by two Wärtsilä 46F engines.

The Optimised Maintenance service includes application of Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance product, which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time. Support is delivered via Wärtsilä’s network of shore-based Expertise Centres.

This optimisation service will be combined with Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning capabilities to prevent unplanned maintenance taking place, through the creation of a flexible maintenance schedule that aligns with the vessel’s operational plans.

“Wärtsilä’s digital maintenance solution and their expert knowledge of engine technology will give real value by increasing the engines’ availability, thereby improving our dredgers’ operations,” said a Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering spokesperson.

“We have several vessels with Wärtsilä engines, so we know and trust their services and are pleased to extend our relationship with this long-term service agreement.”

Wärtsilä says it will deliver the Asset Diagnostics mobilisation service in early 2021.

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