Wärtsilä has strengthened its long-term co-operation with Royal Caribbean Cruises by extending the service agreement to 2028. The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years.
Under the agreement, Wärtsilä is optimising maintenance efficiency through improved turbocharger maintenance, providing OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for 46 Royal Caribbean Cruises’ ships.
Availability of Wärtsilä’s technical support at all times, worldwide, helps ensure optimal operations for RCL’s vessels, the company claimed.
This partnership is aimed at complementing RCL’s in-house expertise with continuous improvement via various technical innovations and direct access to Wärtsilä’s technical expertise with continuous focus on safety and life cycle cost.
The latest agreement, signed in June, 2018, covers a total of 196 engines installed in 46 cruise ships, the majority of which sail in the Caribbean and Europe. The largest part of the RCL fleet is equipped with Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring technology, which transmits real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis.
This allows for predictive maintenance planning and optimisation of operations.
“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships. This is a natural direction, as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance.
“A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance their business. Close co-operation is essential in such partnerships,” explained Sean Carey, Service Unit Director North America, Wärtsilä Services.