Wärtsilä PCMS gains recognition

08 Apr 2014
Wärtsilä’s Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS) has received service level recognition from three different classification societies

Wärtsilä’s Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS) has received service level recognition from three different classification societies

Wärtsilä’s Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS) has received service level recognition by DNV-GL, making it the first company to attain this type of recognition from three major classification societies.

The approval means that surveyors from the classicisation societies may rely on Wärtsilä’s PCMS when assessing propulsion equipment. This eliminates the need for the compulsory five-year internal inspection, which often required dry docking.

"Financially this will have a big efficiency impact on the operations of marine customers,” said Frank Velthuis, manager of Wärtsilä's CBM Propulsion Centre.

Instead, with the company’s PCMS continuously monitoring the equipment, major thruster overhauls can be carried out at intervals of anywhere between five and 10 years, based on condition of the propulsion equipment. Wärtsilä says its PCMS increases the reliability and availability of monitoring equipment and reduces overall lifecycle costs.

“Prior to attaining this service level recognition, approvals could only be given on a vessel by vessel basis. With the service level recognition, this will become much easier," added Mr Velthuis.

In addition, by replacing visual internal inspections with a yearly review of the PCMS reports, surveyors can more easily make decisions affecting classification or statutory surveys to ensure compliance with applicable class rules and various international conventions.

Wärtsilä says it sees its condition and performance monitoring services as being a “prerequisite to supporting customers in the future”.

Monitoring the performance and condition of a ship’s equipment enables owners to optimise its usage and predict the maintenance need, thereby improving asset performance and reducing the total cost of ownership.

The company’s PCMS has already received service level recognition from the American Bureau of Shipping and Lloyd’s Register.

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