Two significant service contracts for Wärtsilä

12 Jun 2014
Royal Caribbean is one of two companies recently concluding service agreements with Wärtsilä

Royal Caribbean is one of two companies recently concluding service agreements with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has announced two new service agreements – one a three-year contract with DOF group, and the other, in conjunction with ABB Turbochargers, a 10-year maintenance and support deal with Royal Caribbean Cruises.

The agreement with Norwegian offshore operator DOF covers services for all Wärtsilä equipment, including engines and propulsion as well as electrical and automation systems, for DOF's ships operating in Norway, Brazil and Singapore. DOF Group owns and operates 77 offshore and subsea vessels, about 30 of which have Wärtsilä equipment on board, including 34, 32, 26, 20 and Wichmann engines.

The ten-year maintenance and technical support agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises covers a total of 142 Wärtsilä engines in 36 RCL vessels, 32 already in operation and four newbuilds, with an option to add more vessels in the future. ABB Turbocharging has been subcontracted by Wärtsilä to cover the 170 ABB turbochargers in the RCCL fleet.

Under the terms of the contract, Wärtsilä will provide services including condition monitoring, technical support, development and design of new components as well as spare parts supply. ABB Turbocharging will provide a customised service package, including scheduled and unscheduled spare parts and labour at ABB workshop.

According to Wartsila, this agreement is one of the largest with a marine customer. "By combining the knowledge from the customer's side with the knowledge and experience from Wärtsilä and ABB, we made this agreement a reality. The contract will enhance the predictability of Royal Caribbean's operational costs, minimise scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs as well as optimise the planning of maintenance and spare parts deliveries," said Kimmo Kohtamäki, firector of four-stroke engines at Wärtsilä.

"Our focus has always been to ensure safe, cost-effective and reliable turbocharger operations so that RCCL can focus on what is most important of all, namely the safety and comfort of their passengers and their business. We are very pleased to be able to work with Wärtsilä to offer RCCL the very best standard in turbocharging," said Axel Kettmann, senior vice president and global head of sales, marketing and service at ABB Turbocharging.

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