Wartsila to provide CBM for 20 dual-fuel Greek LNG tankers

15 Jul 2014
Maran Gas is one of the Greek operators which has concluded a CBM agreement with Wärtsilä

Maran Gas is one of the Greek operators which has concluded a CBM agreement with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä reports that it has signed technical management agreements with four Greek LNG carrier operators, covering maintenance of 80 dual fuel engines in 20 ships, for a five year period.

The technical management agreements include condition based maintenance (CBM) to optimise service intervals, bringing flexibility to operations. The system enables feeding engine parameters into Wärtsilä's database, and the parameters are then evaluated by specialists at the CBM centre. This process is claimed to enable early detection of performance issues, reduce downtime, optimise engine performance, provide better predictions of cash flow, and optimise major overhauls. The company says that due to constant monitoring, maintenance is predictive and based on the actual condition of the engine, thus bringing a significant opportunity to reduce operating costs.

The agreements with two of the owners, TMS Cardiff Gas and Thenamaris LNG, include online remote support, which means that Wärtsilä's technical experts can support the LNG carrier's crew in real time via an online PC connection without the need for engineers to travel to the vessels.

The companies concerned are Maran Gas Maritime, partof the Angelicoussis Shipping Group, which has 24 50DF engines in six LNG vessels; Dynagas, a Greek LNG transportation company offering in-house ship management services, covering seven LNG vessels with 28 50DF engines; TMS Cardiff Gas, which manages the LNG fleet of Cardiff and operates 16 50DF dual-fuel engines in four ships; and Thenamaris LNGwhich manages two 160,000m³ LNG carriers with a third under construction, comprising 2 50DF engines in the three LNG vessels.

"With these long-term agreements, we aim to improve our customers' business during the entire lifecycle of their installations. By utilising the latest technologies in our condition based maintenance system, our target is to repair or replace engine components when needed, thus reducing costs and minimising downtime caused by unnecessary overhaul," said Veikko Lepistö, general manager, marine agreements, Wärtsilä Services.

"We expect that this agreement with Wärtsilä will lead to higher availability, increased efficiency, reduced maintenance cost, and reduced risk for the DF Engines installed on Maran Gas fleet. Wärtsilä's technology, global presence and local support are essential elements for supporting this agreement," said Andreas Spertos, technical director, Maran Gas Maritime.

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