Wärtsilä wins more maintenance for Viking Grace
Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement for its LNGPac system onboard Viking Line's 'Viking Grace'.
The Viking Grace was the first passenger ferry to utilise LNG as a fuel source and this is the first such maintenance agreement ever made for the LNGPac, Wärtsilä’s complete gas handling system for ships fuelled by LNG.
“Environmental considerations are, along with the need to optimise operational efficiency, high on the agenda of Viking Line,” said Ulf Hagström, senior vice president, marine operations & NB at Viking Line Oyj.
“Wärtsilä is a forerunner in dual-fuel and other environmentally sound technology and has repeatedly shown its excellence in technical assistance and service for Viking Line and Viking Grace. With this agreement, we will be able to utilise the full potential of Wärtsilä’s knowledge and know-how.”
The maintenance agreement includes Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and online support for the Wärtsilä LNGPac system.
It will extend the existing optimised maintenance agreement for the Viking Grace ferry for another five years.
Onboard Viking Grace, the Wärtsilä LNGPac comprises onboard liquid natural gas bunkering, two storage tanks and handling equipment with related safety and automation systems that have been developed by Wärtsilä.
In addition to Wärtsilä LNGPac, Wärtsilä has delivered four Wärtsilä 50DF main engines running on LNG, the transverse bow and stern tunnel thrusters, two stainless steel fixed pitch, built-up main propellers and environmentally sound shaft line seal systems to Viking Grace.
Viking Grace sails between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden in the Baltic Sea.
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