Wärtsilä and RCCL sign service agreement

19 Apr 2011
‘Allure of the Seas’, one of the ships covered by Wärtsilä’s largest marine maintenance support agreement

‘Allure of the Seas’, one of the ships covered by Wärtsilä’s largest marine maintenance support agreement

Wärtsilä has finalised what it says is its single largest maintenance agreement with a marine customer, under which the company will provide full maintenance support for five years for Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL).

The maintenance support agreement contains a range of services, including maintenance planning, spare parts logistics optimization, the development and testing of engine components, fuel consumption optimization, as well as an advisory service for overhauls and workshop services. In addition, the agreement incorporates the development and implementation of future remote engine monitoring systems and associated software. It covers 29 ships operated by RCCL companies Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.

The agreement includes an option to add more vessels in the future. A total of 118 Wärtsilä engines of types 46, 38B, 32LN and Vasa 32, with an aggregated output of about 1400 MW, are included. The agreement is intended to enhance the optimised planning of overhauls and spare parts logistics, focusing on improved fuel economy and the predictability of operational costs. Improved fuel economy is expected to translate to lower emissions, and the lean spare part logistics planning, which focuses on low environmental impact, should help RCCL’s overall environmental performance.

"This maintenance support agreement provides the superior predictability and innovation level we seek. In addition, it serves as the benchmark for other service agreements and an outstanding model for joint technical co-operation. It is truly evolutionary for the industry," says Captain William S. Wright, senior vice president marine operations, Royal Caribbean International.

"Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. benefits in many ways, including the latest advances in remote monitoring technology, and we are looking at a set-up that will optimise the operational availability and maximise engine efficiency," says Gregory M. Purdy, vice president marine operations for Celebrity Cruises.

Wärtsilä says it has been developing long-term efficiency increasing strategies to help reduce customers' operational expenses, increase energy efficiency, and optimize environmental performance. "This is a new type of agreement, a joint co-operation where we, together with the customer, have constructed each element of it. This agreement combines the knowledge from the customer's side, with our knowledge and experience in providing services and support for a wide variety of installations," says Leif Rönnskog, vice president, strategic account management, Wärtsilä North America.

Wärtsilä Services claims the broadest network and portfolio in the industry, with operations in 70 countries and 160 locations with over 11,000 employees. Wärtsilä’s experience includes provision of long-term operation, management and maintenance services for marine installations and land-based power plants.

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