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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 

Wärtsilä has signed a five year long-term service agreement with Chinese dredging company Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering, covering the ‘Chang Jing 9’, a 13,800m3 trailing suction dredger, the latest addition to the company’s fleet.

The Chang Jing 9 was delivered at the end of 2019, and is powered by two Wärtsilä 46F engines. The Optimised Maintenance agreement includes application of Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance product, which facilitates optimal operation of the engines. Expert Insight leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time. Together with Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning, the service prevents unplanned maintenance costs and allows a flexible maintenance schedule that aligns with the vessel’s operational plans.

“Wärtsilä’s digital maintenance solution and their expert knowledge of engine technology will give real value by increasing the engines’ availability, thereby improving our dredgers’ operations. We have several vessels with Wärtsilä engines, so we know and trust their services and are pleased to extend our relationship with this long-term service agreement,” according to a Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering spokesperson.

“Lifecycle customer support is a central pillar of our strategy, and our Optimised Maintenance agreement with Expert Insight is designed to minimise off-hire risk while ensuring accurate and cost-effective predictive maintenance assistance. Support is delivered via Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to greatly enhance the safety, availability, and efficiency of the installation,” said Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Performance Services Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

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