Wärtsilä Lifecycle Agreement for two Japanese ferries

2024-06-14T22:32:50+00:00 June 14th, 2024|Technology|

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed two Lifecycle Agreements involving a pair of ferries owned by Japanese operator, Shin Nihonkai Ferry (SNF).

Each vessel is powered by four Wärtsilä 31 engines.

The agreements are designed to provide optimal operational support to ensure the ferries’ reliable and efficient performance. They ply the busy Yokosuka/Shinmoji route.

As ferries have an important role to play in meeting the growing demand for environmentally sustainable transport options, operators are under pressure to reduce costs, fuel consumption and emissions, while keeping to a schedule without delaying the passengers.

That’s why ferry operators are increasingly looking towards services and solutions to enable operations to run smoothly and efficiently, Wärtsilä explained.

“It is very important that we operate according to the schedules and without delays, so being sure that the ships are in prime operating condition is essential.

“The two Wärtsilä agreements will give us this assurance and allow us to confidently concentrate on serving our customers in an optimal and most efficient way,” Hisao Shimizu, SNF’s General Manager, Marine Management,said.

The two five-year agreements cover the ‘Hamayu’ and ‘Soleil’  and provide remote 24/7 support should it be necessary. Experts in the Wärtsilä Expertise Centres are available to support the crew remotely whenever needed, giving guidance, advice, and recommendations.

A cyber secure connectivity makes it possible to collaborate remotely in real-time. Getting the issues resolved quickly maximises the vessel uptime ensuring smooth operations.

The scope of the agreements also includes asset diagnostics and anomaly detection via Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service.

Expert Insight proactively identifies and highlights potential failures and early indications of equipment deterioration that cause vessels to run less efficiently.

“If a vessel is well maintained, it not only allows it to operate reliably, therefore minimising delays and cancellations for passengers, it also saves fuel and generates less emissions. After all, key maintenance practices have a surprisingly big impact on the vessel’s efficiency and with data we can optimise and improve these even further.

“We are delighted to expand our long-standing partnership with SNF by supporting them with our Lifecycle Agreement for these two ferries and to help them improve the ships efficiency and reliability,” added Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Agreement Sales, Wärtsilä Marine.