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Monday, November 25, 2019 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems has signed a 10-year service agreement with Mearsk Group towage and marine services operator Svitzer, covering spare parts deliveries in six countries for a fleet of 17 tugs powered by MTU Series 4000 engines.

The Global Frame Value Care Agreement (VCA) ties the cost of maintenance services to engine up-time. This is the first maintenance contract of its kind to be signed by Svitzer. The preventive maintenance arrangement preserves engine availability for Svitzer while contributing to optimal life-cycle costs.

The vessels are deployed in Morocco, Brazil, Costa-Rica, Denmark, Great Britain and Germany. They include the tug Svitzer Hermod, the first commercial vessel to demonstrate remote operation, which is likewise powered by twin MTU 16V4000 M63 diesel units. As part of the agreement, the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will ensure that the right spare parts for a vessel are made ready in the right place at the right time for each scheduled maintenance. This approach will allow Svitzer to have focus on efficiency in the technical management and operation of the vessels in scope, while spare parts planning, scheduling and deliveries are handled by Rolls-Royce.

“We are highly satisfied with the performance of the MTU engines in our day-to-day operation and with our cooperation with Rolls-Royce since 2016. The global frame agreement provides the basis for long-term collaboration and it will enable us to further optimize our vessel running costs while maintaining a smooth and reliable operation at the same time,” said Kasper Gottlieb, Head of Global Procurement, Svitzer.

“As part of the current Technical Operating Model within Svitzer we want to focus further on our main equipment performance and reliability. It is our belief that the maintenance agreement with Rolls-Royce will give a great support on the current journey of Svitzer on defining the actual life cycle costs of our main equipment components” said Evangelos Fragkoulis, CTO Svitzer.

“We are delighted that Svitzer has chosen to step up cooperation with us as their trusted partner,” said Denise Kurtulus, Director Global Marine Business at Rolls-Royce. “This new agreement provides us with a basis for intensifying our work together on other technologies such as hybrids and gas engines, as well as on digital services for real-time monitoring of operation.”

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