Wärtsilä service fit for a princess

09 Jul 2012
Princess Cruises will now benefit from Wärtsilä’s services in the long-term

Princess Cruises will now benefit from Wärtsilä’s services in the long-term

Wärtsilä has been awarded a long-term service agreement by global cruise operator Princess Cruise Lines Ltd.

The contract covers seven Princess Cruise Lines vessels, each of which is powered by Wärtsilä 46 common-rail engines - a total of 270MW of engine power.

It will cover technical management and logistics support, spare parts for scheduled engine maintenance, workshop services, an on-board technical advisor during major overhauls, annual training of the engine room crew, continuous condition monitoring of equipment and reporting, and bi-monthly technical visits to each vessel.

Andy Edwards, vice president, strategic accounts at Wärtsilä, said: "This agreement optimises the maintenance schedules for these seven vessels, and provides the customer with technical expertise at a fixed budget price. In particular, Wärtsilä's deep know-how in the field of common-rail technology was a key factor in the award of this contract.”

Wärtsilä is a market leader in common-rail technology for electronically-controlled low-speed marine engines. The technology provides a high degree of flexibility in engine settings to give lower fuel consumption, very low minimum running speeds, smokeless operation at all running speeds, and outstanding control of exhaust emissions. Furthermore, the integrated redundancy of the engines ensures high reliability.

The company says that tailor-made agreements with a wider scope of services that extend beyond the traditional standard are increasingly becoming more common in the marine industry.

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