Gas-fuelled ferry maintenance contract

14 Mar 2013
'Viking Grace'

'Viking Grace'

Wärtsilä says that it has concluded a five year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner, Viking Line, for maintaining and servicing the LNG-fuelled passenger ferry 'Viking Grace'.

The agreement, effective from 1 March, covers the four 50DF dual-fuel main engines, as well as the LNGPac gas system's safety valves. Under the terms of the contract, Wärtsilä will provide a range of services including engine maintenance planning, maintenance work, condition monitoring, spare parts supply, technical support, and workshop services. According to the company, the overall target is to extend intervals between maintenance, to optimise spare part deliveries, and to ensure optimal operating efficiency and fuel consumption, thereby lowering operating costs.

"Viking Line has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Wärtsilä, and this has led to deep cooperation between both parties in finalising this agreement. The maintenance agreement provides predictability in maintenance issues, and through extending maintenance intervals, we can lower operating costs and optimize the lifecycle efficiency of Viking Grace," says Tony Öhman, senior vice president, marine operations & newbuilding, Viking Line.

The Viking Grace operates a regular timetable schedule in the Baltic Sea between Turku in Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, and is to be the venue for The Motorship’s 2013 Gas Fuelled Ships conference, when delegates will have the chance to view the machinery and watch live bunkering of LNG.

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