Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) are evaluating Wärtsilä''s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service as part of a pilot programme. The two signed an Optimised Maintenance Agreement with Wärtsilä in January 2021 to cover two LNG carriers (LNGCs).

With Expert Insight, specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres support customers by providing proactive advice and recommendations to maintain the operational efficiency of their vessels. (Copyright: Wärtsilä)

With Expert Insight, specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres support customers by providing proactive advice and recommendations to maintain the operational efficiency of their vessels. (Copyright: Wärtsilä)

The programme will evaluate the analytics and support service provided by Expert Insight, in combination with the Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Lifecycle solution. The pilot programme could lead to NYK adopting the predictive maintenance solution throughout its entire fleet.

The two gas carriers, Marvel Falcon and the LNG Sakura, are powered by low pressure, WinGD X-DF two-stroke, dual-fuel main engines, and were built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in South Korea and Sakaide shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, respectively.

“NYK has already commenced operating an Expert-in-the Loop service at our Remote Diagnostics Centre in Manila. This anomaly detection system oversees the entire engine plant, and we are confident that the complementing expertise from both our companies will result in the best possible support for our vessels. By leveraging big data and artificial intelligence, the maritime industry can greatly increase its efficiency, safety, and competitiveness, and we are keen to take advantage of this wherever possible. We are excited at the possibilities provided by Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight and look forward to the results from this programme,” says Shogo Yamada, Manager, Marine Group, NYK LINE.

Expert Insight is an innovative service that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction accordingly. Should anomalous behaviour be detected, it is flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres, allowing them to support the customer proactively with an appropriate resolution to the issue. The combination of AI, advanced diagnostics, and the company’s extensive equipment expertise greatly enhances the reliability, efficiency, and safety of the installed equipment.