Wärtsilä agreements will deliver optimised maintenance and support operational reliability for Minerva Gas LNG Carriers

Source: press release, 1 April 2021

The ‘Minerva Kalymnos’ is one of five Minerva Gas LNG Carriers to be covered by long-term Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance agreements
The ‘Minerva Kalymnos’ is one of five Minerva Gas LNG Carriers to be covered by long-term Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance agreements (photo: Minerva Gas Inc)

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed long-term Optimised Maintenance agreements covering five LNG Carrier vessels owned and operated by Greece-based Minerva Gas Inc. The advanced support package embodied in these agreements is designed to ensure operational certainty with budgeted maintenance costs. The agreements were signed in March 2021.

Included in the scope of the agreements is Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight, an innovative service that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction accordingly. 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 extensive equipment expertise greatly enhances the reliability, efficiency, and safety of the installed equipment.

“To achieve optimal operational efficiency and reliability, we intend to take advantage of the latest and most advanced technology available. These tailored agreements with Wärtsilä allow us to benefit from condition monitoring of the engines, maintenance planning, remote operational support, and of course Expert Insight, all supported by their global service network. Minerva Gas is committed to delivering reliable and flawless operations and these agreements with Wärtsilä assist us in meeting our objectives by using advanced tools and solutions in better managing our costs and risks,” says Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Chief Operating Officer at Minerva Gas.

“Our Optimised Maintenance Agreements are an important element within Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering, and a smart way to ensure optimal performance from modern marine engines. The implementation of Expert Insight is especially relevant since it can deliver an estimated 50% reduction in unplanned maintenance activities, and a 2% to 5% improvement in fuel efficiency, with a corresponding reduction in emissions,” says Rajeev Janardhan, Sales Manager, 2-stroke engine Lifecycle solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

The vessels covered by the agreements are the Minerva Kalymnos, Minerva Chios and Minerva Amorgos, which are powered by low pressure, WinGD X-DF 2-stroke, dual-fuel main engines, and the Minerva Psara and Minerva Limnos, which operate with Wärtsilä 34DF 4-stroke dual-fuel auxiliary engines.

Minerva Gas Inc is the gas ship management unit of the Minerva group of companies (Minerva Marine Inc., Minerva Dry Inc., Minerva Gas Inc., Athina Maritime Learning and Development Center). With a fleet of over 70 vessels, Minerva offers extensive ship-management services to its principals and the wider maritime industry with a proven track record of more than 25 years. Focused on providing safe, reliable and quality services, Minerva has established long standing business relationships with oil majors, traders, grain houses and major LNG charterers.