Fairplay Towage group has selected Marlink subsidiary Telemar to service bridge systems on 50 vessels over the next five years
Telemar engineers will conduct annual surveys, services and planned maintenance on bridge electronics on Fairplay’s tugs and offshore anchor handlers until 2026.
“Fairplay Towage required a service partner that could provide a one-stop solution for bridge electronics across a mixed fleet of vessels with a planned and consistent approach to maintaining safety and compliance,” said Fairplay Towage manager for the nautical and technical department Andree Hessling.
Under this service maintenance deal, Telemar will service critical bridge navigation equipment carrying out annual radio surveys, annual radar inspections and servicing Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipment.
Telemar Electronics managing director Kai Sangkuhl said using one service provider saves time and manpower, while reducing the risk of non-compliance as scheduled services will be planned to agreed timeframes. “Bringing a proactive and predictable approach to service and maintenance of bridge electronics provides visibility on timelines and ensures continuity of operations for our clients,” said Mr Sangkuhl.
The contract covers managing GMDSS declarations and exchanging reserve-power batteries for GMDSS and handheld emergency equipment. On vessels equipped with a gyrocompass, Telemar will perform an annual inspection and overhaul including a GPS compass check-up where fitted.
Telemar will also conduct annual performance testing of voyage data recorders and provide certificates of compliance for the two largest offshore tugs Nordic and Baltic.
Telemar said 50 Fairplay vessels will benefit from its due-date management software. This provides reminders of upcoming service dates and access to remote service via a hotline.
Fairplay and Telemar will align all annual service items for each vessel to minimise service calls and operations disruption, ideally to one service call per vessel per year.
Telemar’s service co-ordinators in Germany, Holland and Belgium will work with Fairplay’s fleet managers and technical superintendents in each port to organise services.
“Telemar’s ability to meet our needs with dedicated personnel across different port locations provides the level of confidence we need to meet our commitments to our customers,” said Mr Hessling.
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