Latsco LNG carriers sign for AI-based engine monitoring

Greece-based Latsco LNG Marine Management has signed a five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä to provide AI-powered monitoring and diagnostics for the main engines on two large LNG carriers, the Hellas Diana and the Hellas Athina.

In addition to asset diagnostics, maintenance planning, annual audits and spare parts, the vessels will benefit from remote support and condition monitoring systems, including Wärtsilä’s predictive maintenance service Expert Insight.

Expert Insight leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and 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 to allow them to offer proactive support.

The company estimates that this can help cut unplanned maintenance by as much as 50%, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions by 3-4%.

“This agreement will ensure that these vessels can operate with maximum reliability, availability, and performance. This is of real value to us, and we very much appreciate Wärtsilä’s capabilities in delivering highly efficient maintenance support via its global network,” said Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Latsco LNG Marine Management.

The two vessels were built at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea. The Hellas Diana entered service at the end of March this year, and the Hellas Athina is scheduled to enter service in September. Both operate with WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines.

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