Wärtsilä inks PLSV maintenance agreement with Sapura Brazil

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Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimized maintenance agreement with subsea services specialist Sapura Brazil.

Sapura Jade; Source: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä said on Monday that the agreement, signed in June 2019, covered Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels (PLSVs).

According to the company, the deal will support the fleet’s operational performance, increase both its efficiency and reliability by accurately predicting maintenance requirements, and lower operating costs.

The Wärtsilä solution includes asset diagnostics of the vessels’ main engines and thrusters, which enables a predictive maintenance strategy.

As a result, the servicing activities and overhauls will be carried out according to the known condition of the equipment components, rather than on fixed scheduled intervals, which increases the efficiency of the vessels’ operations, the Finnish company said.

André Bosman, director of business and operations support at Wärtsilä Marine, said: “Wärtsilä is able to accurately analyze the need for maintenance on the ships’ engines and thrusters, and with our class-approved DMP concept we can achieve the flexibility and cost savings not possible with conventional manual-based maintenance planning.

“The necessary work and spare part requirements can be efficiently planned and scheduled in accordance with the Sapura vessels’ utilization demand, and based on the true condition of the propulsion equipment.”

The ships covered by the agreement are fitted with Wärtsilä 32 engines and Wärtsilä transverse, steerable, and retractable thrusters.

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