MMS introduces digital engine predictive maintenance for LNG carriers

Japanese shipping group MMS is to introduce digital predictive maintenance to maximise the operational health and uptime of the engines aboard two of its managed LNG carrier vessels, following a new agreement with Wärtsilä.

The Optimised Maintenance Agreements (OMAs) will include support from Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight service, which applies artificial intelligence (AI) and diagnostics to enable onboard equipment and systems to be monitored in real-time.

Anomalies are flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres, allowing them to support the vessels proactively with an appropriate resolution.

“When we introduced Expert Insight we said that it would take predictive maintenance to the next level, and this has proven to be the case,” said Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Agreement Sales at Wärtsilä.

“It is a hugely beneficial service that forms the basis for better asset management decisions and increased operational efficiency. This lowers both operational cost as well as emissions.”

The two vessels operate with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. In addition to Expert Insight’s asset diagnostics and anomaly detection capabilities, under the terms of the agreement Wärtsilä will also provide all spare parts, dynamic maintenance planning, remote operational support, field services, and workshop services.

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