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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings extends engine optimisation deal

Wärtsilä and US-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) have signed a renewal of their existing performance-based service agreement, under which Wärtsilä’s range of digital monitoring services will be deployed to ensure that the engines on board 10 NCLH cruise ships run at optimum performance levels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The renewed service agreement covers the maintenance of 45 Wärtsilä engines installed on NCLH vessels and extends its range from scheduled maintenance and spare parts to training programmes, and from annual audits to monthly key performance indicator reviews, which measure Wärtsilä’s success in meeting jointly set targets.

Wärtsilä's Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) systems will be used to optimise performance by applying diagnostics to key parameters and utilising on-time decision support. The agreement spans two years, with a renewal option for three additional years.

“We are pleased to renew our partnership with Wärtsilä, after working together productively for the past five years. Wärtsilä's expertise in engine maintenance and performance gives us peace of mind, increases the safety of cruise travel and improves the satisfaction of our customers,” said Robin Lindsay, executive vice president, vessel operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.{/mprestriction}

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