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Five-year Wärtsilä Lifecycle Agreement will ensure operational efficiency and reliability of four Irish Navy vessels

Posted on February 7, 2024

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement with the Irish Naval Service. The agreement, which covers four offshore patrol vessels (OPV), is designed to ensure operational reliability along with long-term cost predictability. The order was booked by Wärtsilä in January 2024.

“We have had good experience with Wärtsilä over the years, and we have great trust in their capabilities. This agreement will help us to achieve the level of efficiency and reliability that we aim for, which in turn will improve the environmental performance of these ships,” says Lieutenant Commander Cian O’Mearain.

The scope of the agreement includes Maintenance Planning and 24/7 remote operational support, including Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight, a digital predictive maintenance solution which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor onboard equipment and systems in real-time. Specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres are assigned to follow the situation and support customers with proactive advice should it be deemed necessary or appropriate.

The agreement provides close coverage of the ships’ engines, propulsion machinery and shaft seals. It also includes crew training services, a technical advisor, maintenance planning, full operational support, and all scheduled maintenance spare parts.

As a result of this operational support, unplanned downtime is reduced significantly, and nearly all issues can be resolved remotely.

“Optimised Maintenance Agreements are an integral part of Wärtsilä’s lifecycle support strategy. They are tailored to the customer’s unique needs by combining the right services and solutions into a comprehensive agreement package. In other words, we provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ support and we minimise the environmental impact by optimising the maintenance services,” commented Lee Martindale, General Manager – Sales, Wärtsilä.

Each of the four vessels operates with two Wärtsilä 26 engines, two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers, two Wärtsilä gearboxes, two Enviroguard shaft seals and three Floodguard shaft seals.

Wärtsilä Marine in brief:
Wärtsilä Marine is a global pioneer in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. From developing industry-leading technologies to advance maritime’s transition to new fuels through to building an end-to-end digital ecosystem where all vessels and ports are connected, Wärtsilä Marine is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. We are doing this through our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, shaft line solutions and digital technologies, as well as integrated powertrain systems. Our offering, which is underpinned by our performance-based agreements, upgrades, lifecycle solutions, decarbonisation services, as well as an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise, delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support a safe and sustainable future for our customers, our communities and our planet.

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,800 professionals in more than 280 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2023, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 6.0 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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