Wärtsilä to look after NYK’s LNG carrier

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Singapore-based NYK Shipmanagement, a subsidiary of NYK Group, have signed a long-term optimised maintenance agreement for maintenance and planning support for a liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier.

Illustration; LNG carrier; Courtesy of NYK Shipmanagement

The companies signed a 13-year contract designed to ensure maximum uptime and equipment reliability with assured maintenance costs for an LNG carrier featuring three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines.

The contract also includes Expert Insight which enables data-driven maintenance planning, optimising maintenance needs and monitoring equipment and systems in real-time through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics.

The agreement targets the vessel’s increased uptime and availability through real-time monitoring and resolving potential operational disturbances.

“Our lifecycle customer support approach, as emphasised by these agreements, is a value-adding benefit that works to lower operating costs, reduce fuel consumption, and support the customer in their decarbonisation journey. We have enjoyed a long and close relationship with NYK Group, and this agreement further strengthens the cooperation between our companies”, said Henrik Wilhelms, director of Agreement Sales at Wärtsilä Marine Power.

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Last year, the companies signed two 15-year optimised maintenance agreements for two LNG carriers featuring the 50DF dual-fuel engines.

In addition to these agreements, Wärtsilä also secured a contract with Greek shipowner Gaslog to maintain and ensure the operations of ten of its very large LNG carriers.

The tailored agreement covered the vessels’ twin two-stroke dual-fuel main engines, enabling them to benefit from the condition monitoring and asset diagnostic services.