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Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement with MOL LNG Transport Europe

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Wärtsilä Corp. has announced that it has signed a 10-year maintenance agreement with MOL LNG Transport Europe Ltd (an affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group).

The agreement covers two LNG carriers, and increases the predictability of the vessels’ operations, enhances safety and reduces operational costs. The comprehensive service agreement includes all scheduled maintenance activities, workshop services and online remote support. The vessels covered by the agreement are the Spirit of Hela and Gigira Laitebo – two LNG carriers each equipped with four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-engines.

Rather than following a calendar-based schedule, Wärtsilä’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) solution allows maintenance activities for the two vessels’ engines to be planned on the actual condition of the engine. The solution controls and extends the engine maintenance intervals, decreasing operational costs and downtime. The company’s CBM monitoring system continuously collects data about the operating parameters of the engines and transmits the information in real time to a service centre for technical expert analysis.

Andy Dickinson, Managing Director, Wärtsilä UK, said: “We see great potential in the growing LNG industry and are very happy to partner with MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd to help the company optimise the maintenance of its vessels. A long-term maintenance agreement allows us to plan maintenance activities efficiently, taking into account equipment condition as well as the customer's operating schedule and environment."

Martin Gallacher, Deputy General Manager, MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd, added: “We value Wärtsilä's expertise and knowledge about these engines and therefore see Wärtsilä as a valued working partner for cost-effective maintenance of our LNG carriers. We also place great importance on maximising our vessels' availability, which will be achieved through this agreement.”

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