Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

Sapura Brazil signs optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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Sapura Brazil signs optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimised maintenance agreement with Sapura Brazil, a company specialised in sub-sea services. The agreement, signed in June 2019, covers Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels (PLSVs). The agreement will support the fleet’s operational performance and increase both its efficiency and reliability by accurately predicting maintenance requirements, while also lowering...

Wärtsilä’s auto-docking system now available
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Wärtsilä’s auto-docking system now available

Wärtsilä has secured the first order for its auto-docking technology. The SmartDock system reduces the risk of human error and improves safety and efficiency by automating the docking procedure and eliminating the need for ship officers to perform technical manoeuvres multiple times a day. To operate the SmartDock system, the Captain selects the destination and...

ABB opens Marine Service Centre in Russia
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ABB opens Marine Service Centre in Russia

ABB has opened a new marine service centre in Russia to support the company’s ship power, propulsion and automation technologies and expand service capabilities for ice-going vessels. The new centre is located in Murmansk and occupies 2,000 m2 in a purpose-built facility with its offices, electrical and mechanical testing areas, and a workshop served by...

Japanese LNG carriers opt for Wärtsilä maintenance service
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Japanese LNG carriers opt for Wärtsilä maintenance service

A joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and JERA and a separate venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and JERA have signed long-term service agreements with Wärtsilä. The agreements cover a total of four Japanese owned LNG Carriers. Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) service will be used to identify issues and maintain the...

BV optimises survey planning
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BV optimises survey planning

Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched digital platform ‘Optimum Survey Planning (OSP)’ following trials with shipowners and managers, which sought to improve the delivery of the right survey at the right time.   The new application moves planning of surveys from a reactive to a proactive approach, providing a recommendation of the most convenient date and...

Pacific Basin signs service agreement with MAN Energy Solutions
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Pacific Basin signs service agreement with MAN Energy Solutions

Pacific Basin Shipping has signed a service agreement with MAN Energy Solutions Hong Kong to cover field, workshop, and technical services on MAN main engines, generators and turbochargers onboard 111 dry-bulk ships. MAN PrimeServ will manage the contract from Hong Kong in close cooperation with the PrimeServ global network that covers some 120 service hubs....

Danish research project leads to significant fuel savings for J. Lauritzen and Torm
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Danish research project leads to significant fuel savings for J. Lauritzen and Torm

Shipping companies J. Lauritzen and Torm have saved a combined total of 37,900 tonnes of fuel per year thanks to their participation in a four-year research project that developed a new platform to help companies optimise technical and operational aspects of their fleets. Under the Blue INNOship program, the Vessel Performance Decision Support platform was...

Equinor agrees cleaning deal with HullWiper
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Equinor agrees cleaning deal with HullWiper

Equinor ASA has signed a hull cleaning frame agreement with HullWiper for its fleet of oil and gas tankers operating in Scandinavia, Far East, Middle East and Europe. HullWiper provides safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning solutions to boost vessel efficiency and cut fuel consumption by enabling smooth and resistance-free ship surface to water contact. HullWiper’s...

ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection
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ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection

A pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) models to detect levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures has been successfully demonstrated by ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe. The project proved high accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection. AI techniques could be further used...