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Monday, September 20, 2021 

Wärtsilä has entered into a customised five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement with Canadian ferry operator STQ (Societé des Traversiers du Quebec), covering the ‘F.A. Gauthier’, a 133m ferry operating with Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines and other Wärtsilä equipment, operating primarily on LNG fuel.

Included in the new Wärtsilä agreement are the company’s Expert Insight tool and Data-Driven Dynamic Maintenance Planning, enabled through the Wärtsilä Data Collection Unit (WDCU). Expert Insight uses artificial intelligence and advanced diagnostics to take predictive maintenance to an enhanced level. It is estimated that unplanned downtime can be reduced by 30%-50%. Communication between Wärtsilä’s experts and onboard crew can take place via the Expert Insight collaboration app. The WDCU collects and transmits operational data to the cloud for remote monitoring. This facilitates advanced analytics, thus providing accurate insight into the vessel’s performance.

In addition to the Wärtsilä engines, support is provided to the Wärtsilä LNGPac fuel storage, supply, and control system, the Gas Valve Unit, and the ship’s electrical and automation systems. Included will be scheduled maintenance parts, field service, workshop services, and logistics for the covered equipment.

Luc Morneau, STQ Director of Marine Operations, said: "The cooperation with Wärtsilä is important and beneficial to our operations. This latest agreement will ensure the safety and optimal functioning of the equipment, while also ensuring that maintenance planning and procedures are optimised, leading to valuable reductions in operating costs.”

“The renewal of this agreement demonstrates the benefits and value that it brings. It also strengthens the relationship between our companies. As the marine industry adopts more complex technologies, equipment insight, dynamic maintenance planning, and real-time technical support add considerable value and are becoming increasingly important. Maintaining and optimising an asset is also good for the environment, as well as for the fuel bill,” said Cole Lowder, Agreement Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

The F.A. Gauthier is part of STQ’s fleet of ferries operating in and around the Canadian Province of Quebec as part of the regional transportation system.

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