Minerva Gas LNG Carriers to connect to AI-powered remote diagnostics

Five LNG Carrier vessels owned and operated by Greece-based Minerva Gas are to be connected to Wärtsilä’s AI-powered Expert Insight remote diagnostics service, under a new long-term Optimised Maintenance agreement.

Expert Insight leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, 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 provide proactive support to action an appropriate resolution to the issue.

“To achieve optimal operational efficiency and reliability, we intend to take advantage of the latest and most advanced technology available,” said Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Chief Operating Officer at Minerva Gas.

“These tailored agreements with Wärtsilä allow us to benefit from condition monitoring of the engines, maintenance planning, remote operational support, and of course Expert Insight, all supported by their global service network.”

“Minerva Gas is committed to delivering reliable and flawless operations and these agreements with Wärtsilä assist us in meeting our objectives by using advanced tools and solutions in better managing our costs and risks.”

The vessels covered by the agreements are the Minerva Kalymnos, Minerva Chios and Minerva Amorgos, which are powered by low pressure, WinGD X-DF two-stroke, dual-fuel main engines, and the Minerva Psara and Minerva Limnos, which operate with Wärtsilä 34DF four-stroke dual-fuel auxiliary engines.

Wärtsilä says that its remote monitoring services have been shown to deliver an estimated 50% reduction in unplanned maintenance activities, and a 2-5% improvement in fuel efficiency, with a corresponding reduction in emissions.

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