Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement with Marine Service Company (MSCL), a Saudi Arabian tug operator.
The contract is the first that Wärtsilä has signed with a marine operator in Saudi Arabia. The 5-year maintenance agreement will streamline and optimise MSCL’s four terminal escort tugs operating in the port of Rabigh.
Within the framework of the agreement, in addition to systematic service activity planning, Wärtsilä will provide maintenance budgeting, major overhauls, state-of-the-art tools, spare parts, and technical expertise covering the ships’ engines and certain auxiliary equipment.
Wärtsilä will provide technical resources at all times and bi-annual technical audits. MSCL’s vessel crews will receive extensive training on the on-board equipment.
Capt. Salah U. Ahmed, general manager, MSCL, commented: “Vessel availability is of utmost importance to MSCL as an operator, and it is in our interest to have a long-term cooperation with reliable and valued partners. The optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä is a value-based solution that suits our technical and financial requirements. It is a true upgrade, since it not only increases the availability and efficiency of the vessels, but it also has a positive effect on our bottom line.”
Haidar Al Hertani, managing director, Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia, said: “We are very pleased that MSCL chose us to be their partner, which opened the opportunity for us to enter into a completely new market of marine agreements in Saudi-Arabia. With our strong local presence, extensive experience, and unmatched service capabilities in the marine sector, we can help MSCL to increase their profitability by enabling better vessel availability.”