A new cruise ship owner has appointed Wärtsilä to provide remote operational support for a fleet of newbuildings, which involves real-time performance monitoring.
Virgin Voyages has assigned responsibility for the maintenance of three cruise ships to propulsion supplier, Wärtsilä. Under a 10-year optimised maintenance agreement, Wärtsilä will maintain the vessels through dynamic planning and remote monitoring in real-time.
To achieve this, Wärtsilä will monitor engineroom systems to decide on maintenance schedules, aiming to extend service intervals when the equipment does not require maintenance.
Overhauls can be scheduled to fit the operations of the vessel, improving availability and minimising unnecessary downtime.
This agreement covers remote operational support services, specific fuel oil consumption meters and calibration, spare parts and technical advisory services for the engines. It also includes technical support and training for Virgin Voyages' personnel.
Virgin Voyages' three newbuildings are scheduled to begin operations in 2020, 2021 and 2022. All three will be equipped with Wärtsilä 46F engines, Wärtsilä’s hybrid scrubber system and selective catalytic reduction systems for exhaust gas cleaning. They will also be outfitted with Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated bridge systems.
Virgin Voyages is a joint venture between Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Bain Capital.