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Wärtsilä to provide optimised maintenance for Virgin Voyages' cruise ship fleet

 Virgin Voyages has assigned Wärtsilä the responsibility of the maintenance for its three cruise ships under a ten-year optimised maintenance agreement.

The extensive agreement includes remote operational support services, specific fuel oil consumption meters and calibration, spare parts and technical advisory services for the engines. In addition, Virgin Voyages will receive comprehensive technical support and personnel training.

Scarlet Lady is the first ship to be named and enters service in 2020. The second follows in 2021 and the third in the following year.

Maintenance based on real-time performance data

Wärtsilä’s dynamic maintenance planning allows maintenance operations to be carried out based on remotely monitored and analysed real-time performance data making it possible to extend service intervals when the equipment does not yet require maintenance.

All three 100,000gt ships will be equipped with Wärtsilä 46F engines, Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Scrubber System and Selective Catalytic Reduction systems for exhaust gas cleaning, as well as Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum navigation solution.

‘At Virgin Voyages we’re seeking to redefine how a holiday at sea looks and feels. Building a new approach to sea travel is a massive undertaking, and our unique agreement with Wärtsilä will help us ensure that our ships are operating efficiently and sustainably,’ said Stuart Hawkins, svp of marine & technical operations.

‘I am certain that our journey with Virgin Voyages will be mutually rewarding,’ commented Sean Carey, services unit director USA, Wärtsilä.

As reported last month ABB is to supply the complete electric power and propulsion package for the Virgin Voyages fleet.