Wärtsilä unveils Smart Support Centre

Wärtsilä unveils Smart Support Centre
Remote monitoring of equipment and systems with Wärtsilä’s Smart Support Centre reduces the user’s involvement in maintenance issues. Image courtesy of Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä has launched a global Smart Support Centre service aimed at improving asset uptime via remote access.

Customers of Wärtsilä’s Voyage business can benefit from fast remote service response as operational support is delivered via virtual service engineers, reducing the need for physical service attendance.

Smart Support is designed to maintain all Wärtsilä Voyage equipment, including ship handling solutions, such as ECDIS and charts, simulation & training systems, and ship traffic control solutions. The service is an extension to the company’s remote monitoring and support capabilities covering other areas of Wärtsilä’s total offering. The Wärtsilä Smart Support Centre remotely manages the health of systems, proactively warns if anything is deteriorating, makes software updates, and assists system users in all operative questions with fast response times.

The service has been extensively tested in a pilot programme together with Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen AS.

“Firstly, the crew is aware that 95 per cent of all errors can be rectified remotely, and they don’t need to arrange for a service engineer in the next port to solve the issue. This means that we have the equipment up and running at all times. Secondly, the use of e-mails to solve a technical or user-related problem is almost entirely eliminated, which avoids excessive communication,” said Hans Elker Hansen, Marine QA, vetting & nautical manager at Lauritzen.

“The Wärtsilä Smart Support Centre connects our equipment and systems, for example ECDIS, simulators and our Vessel Traffic System, allowing significant enhancement to our remote service capabilities. It gives an opportunity to really establish the status of the systems, to carry out remote software updating, and to enable the customer and Wärtsilä to work closely together on the systems,” said Torsten Büssow, managing director, Wärtsilä Voyage.

The Wärtsilä Smart Support Centre is backed by an experienced team of engineers and subject matter experts who are available 24/7. In addition, it provides access to the company’s knowledge base and responds to the most frequently asked questions.