Norway-based operator Knutsen OAS has agreed a cargo operations optimisation agreement with Wärtsilä covering four vessels, the companies have announced.
The contract covers the reliquefaction plants on four LNG carriers and will include implementation of Wärtsilä’s digital Operim (Operational Performance Improvement & Monitoring) system.
The technology provides real-time data on Wärtsilä’s onboard equipment, to allow for remote management and control by experts to deliver more efficient operations. Wärtsilä will also provide technical support for the vessels, as well as servicing.
“The digital and technical support provided by Wärtsilä are expected to be extremely valuable to us. Having the cargo plant operating at optimal performance at all times will both increase efficiency and reduce our maintenance costs,” said Bjørn Hagland Hansen, Fleet Manager LNG, Knutsen OAS Shipping.
Wärtsilä will additionally provide advice on maintenance of the reliquefaction plant and supply spare parts during dry-docking of the vessels. The agreement will enter into effect from June 2022 and is valid for five years.
“We are able to monitor the equipment in real-time and have a daily dialogue with the ships’ crews to ensure the best possible performance and deliver any necessary troubleshooting advice. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Knutsen, and this agreement strengthens our collaboration even further,” said Sharique Sayed, Business Development Manager, Services, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.