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WÄRTSILÄ HELPS VAN OORD TO KEEP EMISSIONS DOWN AND RELIABILITY UP

WÄRTSILÄ HELPS VAN OORD TO KEEP EMISSIONS DOWN AND RELIABILITY UP

Thursday, March 11, 2021 

Wärtsilä has expanded its partnership with the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord with the signing of a nine-year renewal and extension to its Optimised Maintenance agreement.

The new agreement expands on the original by adding Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight and Data Driven Maintenance solutions. It also enables the addition of technologies and maintenance procedures delivering better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The contract covers three Wärtsilä 46F engines installed on the cutter suction dredger Athena.

Expert Insight enhances predictive maintenance through artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction. Should anomalous behaviour be detected, it is flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres, allowing them to support the customer proactively with an appropriate resolution to the issue. The combination of AI, advanced diagnostics, and the company’s equipment expertise enhances the reliability, efficiency, and safety of the installed equipment. 

Jorn Bertens, Category Manager, Van Oord Ship management, said: “The earlier agreement was professionally and efficiently handled by Wärtsilä, so we had no hesitation in seeking a renewal. Previously the focus was on maintaining operational efficiency. Now the elements of sustainability and cost control have also been added, This ensures optimal fuel consumption, which in turn reduces emissions.”

Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Agreement Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “Wärtsilä Lifecycle Solutions, including Optimised Maintenance agreements, are an essential and central part of our lifecycle support commitment to our customers. The introduction of Expert Insight adds even greater value to our support offering by delivering a level of predictability and optimisation that has never before been possible, and it allows us also to detect issues before they actually happen.”

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