Under the five-year agreement, Wärtsilä will use digital technology and real-time monitoring to keep two offshore well intervention vessels in optimal condition and reduce their fuel consumption and emissions.
The agreement, which was signed in December, also covers the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions-abatement systems installed with the engines.
The two vessels, the Siem Helix 1 and Siem Helix 2, each have eight Wärtsilä 32 engines and are operating in Brazil’s offshore oil fields.
Wärtsilä will be using its Expert Insight predictive maintenance solution to monitor the vessels’ equipment and systems. The agreement also includes Wärtsilä’s Data Driven Maintenance, which enables the ships’ crews to conduct condition inspections using borescope optical instruments. The digital images provided will be sent to Wärtsilä’s technical experts for evaluation. According to Wärtsilä, this will help to lengthen the time required between engine overhauls.
Dag Honnemyr, Operational Director Siem-Helix, commented: ‘We appreciate the easy access to remote operational support made possible by Wärtsilä’s leading-edge solutions. This allows us to do maintenance when needed rather than at fixed intervals. We are especially excited with Expert Insight, which allows us to monitor the condition of the engines from ashore, and thanks to artificial intelligence and anomality detection we expect to prevent unscheduled stops that cause loss of revenue.’
Henrik Wilhelms, Director Agreement Sales, Wärtsilä Marine Power, added: ‘Lifecycle support is a key element of our strategy, and our advanced digital and data-based maintenance solutions are central to enabling optimal operational performance. The benefit of being able to efficiently monitor the equipment and support customers remotely is enhanced even more today, since due to Corona-related travel restrictions, in-person visits by service engineers can be difficult to arrange. Since our engineers need to travel less, their carbon footprint is reduced, while at the same time we can optimise the performance of the asset, so it is really a double win.’