Wärtsilä has signed a five-year service agreement with Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering, a Chinese dredging company
The agreement was signed in December 2020 and covers Chang Jing 9, a 13,800-m3 trailing suction dredger, the latest addition to the company’s fleet.
Chang Jing 9 was delivered at the end of 2019 and is powered by two Wärtsilä 46F engines. The optimised maintenance agreement includes applying Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance product, which facilitates optimal operation of the engines.
Expert Insight uses AI and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real time. Together with the company’s dynamic maintenance planning, the service prevents unplanned maintenance costs and allows a flexible maintenance schedule that aligns with the vessel’s operational plans.
A statement from Nanjing Changjiang Waterway Engineering said “Wärtsilä’s digital maintenance solution and their expert knowledge of engine technology will give real value by increasing the engines’ availability, thereby improving our dredgers’ operations. We have several vessels with Wärtsilä engines, so we know and trust their services and are pleased to extend our relationship with this long-term service agreement.”
“Lifecycle customer support is a central pillar of our strategy, and our optimised maintenance agreement with Expert Insight is designed to minimise off-hire risk while ensuring accurate and cost-effective predictive maintenance assistance. Support is delivered via Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to greatly enhance the safety, availability and efficiency of the installation,” said Wärtsilä Marine Power director, performance service sales, Henrik Wilhelms.
Wärtsilä will deliver the asset diagnostics mobilisation service in early 2021.
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