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Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement for LNG-fuelled ferry

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Wärtsilä Corp. has announced that it has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with AS Tallink Group for its new RoPax ferry, M/S Megastar, which will operate on the Tallinn (Estonia) to Helsinki (Finland) route.

This follows the recent announcement that M/S Megastar has been successfully delivered from Meyer Turku Oy shipyard in Turku, Finland. It is 212 m long, capable of carrying 2800 passengers and 800 passenger vehicles, and features Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines that operate primarily on LNG.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wärtsilä will optimise the vessel’s performance, enhance its availability and reliability, and improve financial predictability for the customer. The service agreement also covers Wärtsilä’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and online remote support.

The agreement also includes maintenance and optimisation of the vessel’s engines, as well as the supply of spare parts and 24/7 online support. The full scope of Wärtsilä solutions on board the ferry includes three 12-cylinder and two six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, two Wärtsilä fixed pitch propellers and propeller shaft lines, the most recent version of the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system and external communication facilities. The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system’s combination of integrated voyage planning, monitoring and track control eases the workload for ship navigators and improves navigational safety.

Kari Koski-Tuuri, Director, Services Unit Baltic & Black Sea Wärtsilä, said: “We are very pleased to develop our partnership with AS Tallink Grupp further with this comprehensive maintenance agreement. With our expertise and tailored service offering, we can ensure that M/S Megastar operates safely and efficiently throughout the year.”

Solutions from the company’s Genius service portfolio, which optimise operational efficiency, will also be covered by the agreement. With CBM, the company is able to continuously monitor the condition of the dual-fuel engines on board the M/S Megastar, and analyse the received data to determine service and maintenance needs. This reduces operating expenses and ensures the optimal performance of the engines.

In addition to CBM, the company will have access to the company’s 24/7 online operational and technical support. With this, Wärtsilä will be able to provide support remotely.

Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship management of AS Tallink Grupp, said: “We are happy to continue our cooperation with Wärtsilä, as their comprehensive and customised service offering met all our maintenance needs. Wärtsilä as a maintenance partner ensures that all maintenance is conducted in the highest standards of quality, safety and reliability.

"The predictability of maintenance costs helps us to optimise our operations and the availability of instant online support increases the vessel's availability. With continuous monitoring and condition based maintenance, our passengers can enjoy their voyage without any unexpected interruptions."

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/small-scale-lng/26012017/wrtsil-signs-maintenance-agreement-for-lng-fuelled-ferry/


 

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