NYK LNG deploys remote engine optimisation

Wärtsilä reports that it has signed two long-term Optimised Maintenance agreements with Japan based NYK LNG Ship Management, with the 15-year deals covering the Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and other equipment installed on two LNG carrier vessels.

The contracts were signed in December 2020 and took effect from January 2021.

The agreements are designed to maximise operational availability and ensure long-term maintenance cost predictability through the utilisation of data to optimise all maintenance procedures.

This will be driven by Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight service, a predictive maintenance product that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time.

Specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres will be able to access vessel data where required to support NYK with proactive advice and appropriate resolutions to avoid potential operational disturbances, increasing the vessels’ uptime and availability.

“As part of our Lifecycle Solutions approach, these agreements are designed to improve our customers’ business performance and competitiveness. By including Expert Insight into our offering, we are adding considerable value to the proposition since it takes predictive maintenance to a completely new level,” said Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Agreement Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

The full scope of the agreements includes all scheduled parts, workshop services, field services, maintenance planning, remote operational support, Expert Insight’s asset diagnostics and anomaly detection, and dynamic maintenance planning.

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