Wärtsilä has signed long-term optimised maintenance agreements covering five LNG carriers owned and operated by Greece-based Minerva Gas
The advanced support package is designed to ensure operational certainty with budgeted maintenance costs. The scope of the agreements include Wärtsilä’s predictive maintenance system Expert Insight.
Expert Insight uses artificial intelligence and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real time, spot anomalies and foresee potential problems. Anomalous behaviour is detected and flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä expertise centres who then support the customer proactively.
Minerva Gas chief operating officer Sokratis Dimakopoulos said “To achieve optimal operational efficiency and reliability, we intend to take advantage of the latest and most advanced technology available.”
“These tailored agreements with Wärtsilä allow us to benefit from condition monitoring of the engines, maintenance planning, remote operational support, and of course Expert Insight, all supported by their global service network. Minerva Gas is committed to delivering reliable and flawless operations and these agreements with Wärtsilä assist us in meeting our objectives by using advanced tools and solutions in better managing our costs and risks,” said Mr Dimakopoulos.
“The implementation of Expert Insight is especially relevant since it can deliver an estimated 50% reduction in unplanned maintenance activities, and a 2-5% improvement in fuel efficiency, with a corresponding reduction in emissions,” said Wärtsilä sales manager for 2-stroke engine Lifecycle Solutions, Rajeev Janardhan.
The five vessels covered by the agreement are Minerva Kalymnos, Minerva Chios and Minerva Amorgos which are powered by low-pressure, WinGD X-DF two-stroke, dual-fuel main engines, and Minerva Psara and Minerva Limnos, which operate with Wärtsilä 34DF four-stroke dual-fuel auxiliary engines.
Expert Insight is available for both two and four stroke engines
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