Wärtsilä care for MOL LNG carriers

03 Jan 2017
Wärtsilä will handle all scheduled engine maintenance activities, workshop services and online remote support for the 'Spirit of Hela' (pictured) and 'Gigira Laitebo'

Wärtsilä will handle all scheduled engine maintenance activities, workshop services and online remote support for the 'Spirit of Hela' (pictured) and 'Gigira Laitebo'

Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year maintenance agreement for two LNG carriers with MOL LNG Transport Europe Ltd, a strategic move to increase the reliability of the vessels' operations and reduce operational costs.

The agreement with the affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group, includes all scheduled engine maintenance activities, workshop services and online remote support.

Andy Dickinson, managing director, Wärtsilä UK, said: "We see great potential in the growing LNG industry and are very happy to partner with MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd to help the company optimise the maintenance of its vessels.”

“A long-term maintenance agreement allows us to plan maintenance activities efficiently, taking into account equipment condition as well as the customer's operating schedule and environment.”

"We value Wärtsilä's expertise and knowledge about these engines and therefore see Wärtsilä as a valued working partner for cost effective maintenance of our LNG carriers,” said Martin Gallacher, deputy general manager, MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd.

The vessels covered by the agreement, LNG carriers Spirit of Hela and Gigira Laitebo, are equipped with four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines each.

With Wärtsilä's Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) solution, maintenance activities for the two vessels' engines can be planned based on actual engine condition rather than following a strict calendar-based schedule.

The CBM solution controls and extends the engine maintenance intervals, reducing operational costs and downtime. Wärtsilä's CBM monitoring system continuously collects data about the engines' operating parameters and transmits the information in real time to a Wärtsilä service centre for technical expert analysis.

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