Wärtsilä signs cruise ship service agreement

15 Mar 2012
Wärtsilä and Prestige Cruise Holdings have concluded a “new type of service agreement”

Wärtsilä and Prestige Cruise Holdings have concluded a “new type of service agreement”

Wärtsilä says that it has signed a five-year service agreement covering 27 Wärtsilä engines onboard six ships operated by US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The long-term service agreement includes an option to include further vessels in the future. The agreement is said to facilitate the projection of costs associated with the maintenance of Prestige's cruise fleet, while minimising downtime during routine maintenance and overhauls. The agreement includes maintenance planning, spare parts supply, training, technical surveys, condition monitoring, and workshop services. The company says it forms a new type of agreement in the cruise industry, with depth and scope covering pro-active planning by both companies working in co-operation. It involves dedicated teams from both parties, which will work closely together to achieve optimal performance of the Prestige fleet.

"Wärtsilä's willingness to assume a large part of the service and logistics activities, while offering a streamlined cost structure, provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the quality is the very best," says Robin Lindsay, executive vice president, vessel operations, Prestige Cruise Holdings.

"We are very excited about this agreement that positions Prestige and Wärtsilä on a path for success in a partnership for continuous improvement," says Kourtney Dever, account manager, Wärtsilä North America.

"The premise of the partnership is based on each company focusing on their area of expertise, while fully co-operating with each other to ensure maximum efficiency. The agreement is extremely comprehensive and is one that extends beyond the traditional standard in the marketplace," states Tomas Hakala, vice-president Wärtsilä Services, Americas.

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