Wärtsilä signs service agreement with Eidesvik

25 Aug 2010
The seismic vessel Oceanic Vega

The seismic vessel Oceanic Vega

Wärtsilä has signed a long term service agreement with Eidesvik Offshore, Norway, for maintenance services for the recently delivered seismic vessel ‘Oceanic Vega’.

The service agreement is expected to considerably reduce maintenance costs for the owner, while providing uninterrupted availability and high levels of reliability. The agreement is for five years, with an option for an additional five years. There is also an option for a sister vessel, due to be delivered in July 2011.

Wärtsilä's proactive DMP (Dynamic Maintenance Planning) programme includes the planning and scheduling of engine maintenance based on the online monitoring of the mechanical condition, performance, system efficiency data, and other indicators from each engine. The data is collected and monitored daily, which enables the sources of faults to be identified before failure occurs.

The Oceanic Vega was built at the Ulstein Verft yard in Norway, and was delivered on 1 July 2010. The ship's integrated power system consists of six Wärtsilä 26 engines, gears, adjustable thrusters and controls.

Wärtsilä’s DMP works as a partnership whereby the supplier, owner, and operator work together to minimize non-operational periods. The concept includes planning and scheduling maintenance, utilizing system efficiency data, and holding regular meetings, as well as using a variety of measurements. This data is collected and monitored on a daily basis, and in this way Wärtsilä can effectively assess the likelihood of breakdowns before they occur.

Wärtsilä is also committed to carrying out regular inspections and overhauls of the equipment onboard Oceanic Vega.

The company’s Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) system is a part of Wärtsilä's DMP. CBM combines on-line monitoring of the vessel's mechanical and thermal condition, with system efficiency data, and many other indicators, to assess the condition of an engine. All this real time information from the shipboard system is transmitted on a 24/7 basis to Wärtsilä service professionals. The Wärtsilä service team then accurately assesses the overall status and condition of the engine and ultimately the maintenance it needs. The team then issues regular reports to the engine users based on established guidelines and specific operating conditions.

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