Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement covering two offshore vessels (OSVs) owned by Norway-based Siem Offshore
The agreement covers well intervention vessels Siem Helix 1 and Siem Helix 2, which operate in an offshore oil field in Brazil. Both ships operate with eight Wärtsilä 32 engines.
The five-year agreement will ensure optimal maintenance to reduce the vessels’ fuel consumption and emissions by using the digital technology to provide real-time monitoring and support. The agreement also covers the selective catalytic reduction emissions-abatement systems installed with the engines.
Wärtsilä will also deploy its Expert Insight predictive maintenance service to monitor equipment and systems in real time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems and enable rapid reaction.
Should anomalous behaviour be detected, it is flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä expertise centres, allowing them to support the customer in resolving the issue.
Also included is Wärtsilä’s data driven maintenance – a condition monitoring approach – which enables the ships’ crews to conduct condition inspections using borescope optical instruments. The digital images provided will be sent to Wärtsilä’s technical experts for evaluation, and in most cases will lengthen the time required between engine overhauls.
Speaking of the access to remote operational support, Siem-Helix operational director Dag Honnemyr said, “This allows us to do maintenance when needed rather than at fixed intervals. We are especially excited with Expert Insight, which allows us to monitor the condition of the engines from ashore, and thanks to artificial intelligence and anomality detection, we expect to prevent unscheduled stops that cause loss of revenue.”
Wärtsilä Marine Power director agreement sales Henrik Wilhelms said, “The benefit of being able to efficiently monitor the equipment and support customers remotely is enhanced even more today, since due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, in-person visits by service engineers can be difficult to arrange. Since our engineers need to travel less, their carbon footprint is reduced, while at the same time we can optimise the performance of the asset, so it is really a double win.”
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