Wärtsilä has revealed that in December 2020 it signed five year Optimised Maintenance agreement for two offshore well intervention vessels owned by Siem Offshore. Under the agreement Wärtsilä will provide real-time monitoring and support, using the latest digital technology, to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of two well intervention vessels (the Siem Helix 1 and the Siem Helix 2) operating in Brazil’s offshore oil fields. The agreement also covers the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions-abatement systems installed with the engines.
Wärtsilä will supply its Expert Insight predictive maintenance solution for use on the two vessels, an innovative service that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems and enable rapid reaction. Also included is Wärtsilä’s Date Driven Maintenance concept which will enable the ship’s crew to conduct condition inspections using borescope optical instruments. These images can then be sent to Wärtsilä’s technical experts for evaluation, and in most cases will lengthen the time required between engine overhauls.
Finally, Wärtsilä will provide the vessels with the Lloyd class-approved connectivity solution with enhanced cyber security - an enabler for onshore digital tools providing cloud based services such as remote monitoring, remote optimisation and support.
Henrik Wilhelms, Director of Agreement Sales at Wärtsilä Marine Power, commented, “Lifecycle support is a key element of our strategy, and our advanced digital and data-based maintenance solutions are central to enabling optimal operational performance. The benefit of being able to efficiently monitor the equipment and support customers remotely is enhanced even more today, since due to Corona-related travel restrictions, in-person visits by service engineers can be difficult to arrange. Since our engineers need to travel less, their carbon footprint is reduced, while at the same time we can optimise the performance of the asset, so it is really a double win.”
Full steam ahead in 2021
Presently, Wärtsilä’s is enjoying a spell in the sun as services are in high demand. So far, in February alone, the company has also revealed agreements to provide Western Pacific Marine Ltd with the advanced hybrid solution for the new Ro-Ro ferry; to supply Norwegian based Solvang with digital Operational Performance Improvement & Monitoring (OPERIM) solution to support the operational efficiency of its fleet; to equip new under construction Isle of Man ferry with a range of comprehensive solutions; and sealed a strategic partnership with SAACKE, to strengthen the companies’ ability to offer a comprehensive range of leading technology solutions to shipyards and ship owners. While in their 2020 annual report Wärtsilä may have reported a contraction in financial performance, it appears they are full steam ahead to reconcile this lost ground in 2021.