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Wartsila optimizes Finnish operator’s engine performance

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Ships covered under new five year agreement include MS Finlandia

JULY 21, 2016 — Wärtsilä and Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö have extended their long-term maintenance agreement for Eckerö’s entire fleet of five vessels.

Åland, Finland, based Eckerö consists of four companies: Birka Cruises AB, Eckerö Shipping Ab Ltd, Eckerö Line Ab Oy and Eckerö Linjen Ab. It owns and operates a cruise ship, ferries and cargo vessels on the Baltic Sea and North Sea.

The fleet consists of the cruise vessel MS Birka Stockholm, the ferries MS Finlandia and MS Eckerö, and the RO/RO vessels MV Exporter and MV Shipper.

Under the five year agreement, Wärtsilä is providing leading digital maintenance concepts to meet the customer’s needs.

One of the vessels has been fitted with the Wärtsilä Condition based monitoring system, which provides data to enable dynamic maintenance planning.

“We have very positive experiences of working with Wärtsilä and wanted to extend our cooperation further,” says Daniel Olsén, Technical Manager, Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö. “Wärtsilä was able to offer a customized service package that met all our maintenance needs. Furthermore, these services increase cost predictability and reduce risks. We consider Wärtsilä a trusted partner.”

Wärtsilä tailored its service and maintenance offering to help Eckerö optimize its fleet operations. In addition to service and maintenance work, Wärtsilä provides spare parts, shaft seals, services for the catalytic converters, dynamic maintenance planning (DMP) and condition based maintenance (CBM).

The aim with the dynamic maintenance planning solution is to extend maintenance intervals and reduce spare parts consumption. Maintenance operations are then planned based on expert analysis of the engine’s condition and the real-time data provided by the engines.

DMP and CBM are part of the recently launched Wärtsilä Genius services, which optimize customers’ operations with innovative digital solutions.

“We are happy to take our cooperation with Eckerö to a new level. We value their trust highly,” says Peter Guldbrand, Wärtsilä’x General Manager Sales, Service Unit Baltic and Black Sea. “With these services, we are able to gain useful data and can help Eckerö maintain and safeguard engine availability.

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