TT-Lines and Wärtsilä have completed testing of Wärtsilä’s remote guidance service, a solution for improving the efficiency of vessel repair and maintenance.
Simulated remote guidance service situations were carried out on the navigation equipment on the bridge and shaft line seals and bearings in the engine room of the RoRo ferry Huckleberry Finn, operated by TT Lines. The WiFi signal for the video sessions was facilitated by a portable on-deck LTE antenna. The on-board simulations were monitored in real-time by Wärtsilä experts located in Gothenburg and Hamburg. The tests verified the effectiveness of the augmented reality (AR) wearables as a means of communication, while the portable WiFi antenna provided a strong signal wherever needed.
The vessel sailed between Trelleborg, Sweden and Travemünde, Germany during testing.
“The overall evaluation of this testing programme endorses Wärtsilä’s strong capabilities in remote guidance service. Regardless of where the equipment is located on the vessel, it shows that we can provide rapid troubleshooting and technical advice, thus saving the customer both time and costs. It’s like having a Wärtsilä service engineer onboard 24/7. We value the feedback from TT-Lines as this was an excellent example of co-creation with a key customer, and one more important step towards realisation of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision,” said Thomas Pauly, Future Technologies product manager, Seals & Bearings, Wärtsilä Marine.
“This was a very impressive, professional, and pragmatic demonstration of the technology. The connectivity, when operating at sea, was remarkable and the hands-free equipment meets our onboard safety standards,” added Thomas Busch, superintendent, TT-Lines.
Wärtsilä’s remote guidance service also proved successful during a demonstration in the TT-Lines office, during which remote guidance opportunities for use in dockings and shipyard overhauls were discussed.