Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Agreement ensuring certainty of operations for two VLGCs

Source: press release, 3 December 2020

The ‘Hellas Voyager’ is one of two LMM operated VLGCs whose main engines are now covered by a Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Agreement
The ‘Hellas Voyager’ is one of two LMM operated VLGCs whose main engines are now covered by a Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Agreement (photo: Latsco Marine Management)

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed 5-year Optimised Maintenance Agreements covering the main engines for two Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) vessels operated by Latsco Marine Management (LMM). The contract, which became effective from September, was signed in August 2020.

The two vessels, the Hellas Dynasty and the Hellas Voyager, were built in 2020 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in South Korea. Optimised maintenance agreements are a key element within Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering and are designed to ensure certainty of operations with budgeted maintenance costs.

“We very much appreciate Wärtsilä’s support and recognise their extensive service capabilities, which are unmatched in the marine industry. This agreement will ensure that our vessels can operate with maximum reliability, availability, and performance,” says Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Latsco Marine Management.

“By applying smart technology and performance optimisation services, Wärtsilä aims to deliver greater efficiencies, a minimised impact on the environment, and a higher level of safety to the shipping industry. This agreement will provide LMM with maintenance cost predictability while allowing them to focus on their core business,” says Rajeev Janardhan, Sales Manager, 2-stroke engines Lifecycle Solutions at Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wärtsilä will provide remote support and condition monitoring systems, including Expert Insight, a unique digital offering that has recently been extended from 4-stroke engines to include also 2-stroke engines. Expert Insight enables support to be delivered proactively to customers by Wärtsilä Expertise Centres around the world, thereby ensuring long-term accurate insight for predictive maintenance. The service can reduce unplanned maintenance by up to 50%, while also reducing fuel consumption and emissions by 3% to 4%. Wärtsilä will also provide a broad range of services for the vessels’ engines includes 24/7 remote technical support and annual audits, as well as the planning and delivery of spare part required for the overhauls.

Wärtsilä currently has more than 700 vessels covered under maintenance agreements.