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Wärtsilä expands Lifecycle solutions backed by data analysis

Wärtsilä has introduced a new set of marine agreement concepts with the launch of ‘Lifecycle solutions’, a package which aims to assist in managing the efficiency and performance of marine assets by combining advisory services with vessel data and digital tools.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Lifecycle range will be built around three concepts – Optimised maintenance, Optimised operations and Guaranteed asset performance – and will incorporate the ‘Wärtsilä Genius services’ technological support functions launched in November 2015, which offer real-time equipment monitoring.

The launch is an extension of the company’s existing agreements portfolio, where the ‘Optimised maintenance’ concept replaces two previous agreement packages, ‘Maintenance agreement’ and ‘Technical management agreement’. The other two elements, ‘Optimised operations’ and ‘Guaranteed asset performance’ are new concepts for the Wärtsilä agreements offering.

Guaranteed asset performance services will, as the name suggests, provide guaranteed operational reliability, with performance targets determined based on measured data that Wärtsilä can guarantee will be reached and maintained.

Measurable indicators could include, for example, availability, reliability and fuel consumption, with the agreed targets decided through automated key performance measurements, optimised maintenance and remote advisory input.

“Guaranteed asset performance is an innovative new solution,” said Tage Klockars, general manager, marine service agreements, Wärtsilä.

“With remote advisory, our customers in marine and offshore can get real-time support regardless of their location, and the remote service is complemented with on-board advisory. Condition monitoring and audits, together with a performance improvement plan, increase availability and reliability.”

“We are confident to offer this kind of a guarantee, because we know that Wärtsilä can deliver on its promise.”

Optimised operations offers real-time monitoring and advisory services to maximise efficiency, and provides a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) that follows the IMO guidelines.

On-board advisory service such as hull performance, engine efficiency or condition monitoring, combined with vessel audits and component condition evaluation, will be used to identify areas where performance can be enhanced. Ongoing evaluation and system efficiency upgrades will then be applied to create a cycle of continuous improvement.

Optimised maintenance involves planning and scheduling maintenance procedures to suit business operations, as well as providing remote operational and technical advisory as required.

“The marine business environment is moving from maintenance and servicing to more comprehensive optimisation of the customer’s business. Wärtsilä Genius services change online data into real-time on-board advisory and smart back office analytics that, in turn, can be refined into performance-improving advice about the asset operation,” said Mr Klockars.

“What we can measure, we can optimise and guarantee. By setting clear performance targets and guaranteeing that they are reached, we are making a unique customer promise.”{/mprestriction}

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