Japanese shipowner Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) have signed an optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä to evaluate Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service as part of a pilot programme
The programme will evaluate the analytics and support service provided by Expert Insight, in combination with the Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Lifecycle service. The evaluation will be carried out on Marvel Falcon and LNG Sakura, both LNG carriers running Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines.
Expert Insight is a predictive maintenance platform that leverages AI and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction.
NYK Line manager, Marine Group, Shogo Yamada said the company has commenced operating an expert-in-the-loop service at its remote diagnostics centre in Manila.
“This anomaly detection system oversees the entire engine plant, and we are confident the expertise from both our companies will result in the best possible support for our vessels. By leveraging big data and artificial intelligence, the maritime industry can greatly increase its efficiency, safety and competitiveness, and we are keen to take advantage of this wherever possible. We are excited at the possibilities provided by Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight and look forward to the results from this programme,” he said.
Wärtsilä Japan managing director Tateo Miyagawa said “we are happy to co-operate with NYK/MTI in demonstrating the commercial value and benefits the system offers to them by delivering greater vessel uptime, less unscheduled maintenance, and lower operating costs while optimising their ships’ performance.”
The agreement was signed in January 2021 and the programme could lead to NYK adopting the service throughout its entire fleet.
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