Celebrity Cruises has signed a four-year service agreement with Finnish engineering concern Valmet.
This covers the Valmet DNA integrated automation systems on board four ‘Millennium’ class vessels in the US.
Valmet said the agreement will enhance the performance, safety and availability of the automation systems, as well as continuously improve the data analytics available on board the ‘Celebrity Millennium’, ‘Celebrity Infinity’, ‘Celebrity Summit’ and ‘Celebrity Constellation’.
“The core in our marine operations is safety, reliability and availability,” said Patrik Dahlgren, Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations for Celebrity Cruises plus the Royal Caribbean Cruises brands. “Working with companies like Valmet makes the speed of change in automation and data analytics truly successful.”
“Co-operation with Valmet has been smooth,” added Anders Aasen, Vice President, Global Technical Solutions for Global Marine Operations, Celebrity Cruises. “Over the years, we have seen the evolution of their automation system. With our service agreement, we are able to get the latest technologies on board and training for our operators.”
Valmet has created a comprehensive life-cycle management approach to support customers who use its automation systems. Emphasis is placed on audits, life-cycle plans and crew competence, the company claimed.
“We have set high priority on reaching the minimum risk level. For example, our services protect the automation system and ensure its safe operation,” said Juha-Pekka Jalkanen, Director, Energy and Process Systems, North America, Valmet.