Dutch marine contractor Van Oord has signed a nine-year renewal and extension to its Optimised Maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä covering the engines installed on the cutter suction dredger Athena, adding new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered diagnostics capabilities to monitor equipment and systems in real-time.
The updated agreement adds Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight and Data Driven Maintenance systems to the companies’ arrangement to improve predictive maintenance, using AI to spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction.
Should anomalous behaviour be detected, it is flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres, allowing them to suggest a proactive response to resolve the issue and improve the reliability and safety of the installed equipment.
“Previously the focus was on maintaining operational efficiency. Now the elements of sustainability and cost control have also been added. This ensures optimal fuel consumption, which in turn reduces emissions,” said Jorn Bertens, Category Manager, Van Oord Ship management.