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Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 14 March 2013 at 2 pm EET
Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider, has
signed a five year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner, Viking Line.
The agreement, which became effective from March 1, is for maintaining and
servicing the recently launched 'Viking Grace', the largest passenger ferry ever
to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.
The agreement covers the four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, as well as
the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas system's safety valves. Under the terms of the contract,
Wärtsilä will provide a broad range of services including engine maintenance
planning, maintenance work, condition monitoring, spare parts supply, technical
support, and workshop services. The overall target is to extend the intervals
between maintenance, to optimize the logistics for spare part
deliveries, and to
ensure optimal operating efficiency and fuel consumption, thereby lowering
"Viking Line has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Wärtsilä, and this has
led to deep cooperation between both parties in finalising this agreement. The
maintenance agreement provides predictability in maintenance issues, and
through extending maintenance intervals, we can lower operating costs and
optimize the lifecycle efficiency of Viking Grace," says Tony Öhman, Senior Vice
President, Marine Operations & Newbuilding, Viking Line Abp.
The 'Viking Grace' operates a regular timetable schedule in the Baltic Sea
between Turku in Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. It is designed to carry cars,
trucks and road trailers, as well as 2,800 passengers and 200 crew members. By
operating on LNG fuelled Wärtsilä DF engines, the vessel can sail without
restrictions in Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs) and upcoming Nitrogen
Emissions Control Areas (NECAs).
Thanks to Wärtsilä's dual-fuel technology, the 'Viking Grace' meets and even
exceeds the most stringent current and anticipated IMO and EU environmental
regulations for maritime applications.
The industry's most extensive service network
Wärtsilä Services is one of three Wärtsilä businesses alongside Ship Power and
Power Plants. Wärtsilä Services offers services to both the global marine and
energy markets, and operates the most extensive service network in the industry.
The company's broad portfolio includes environmental services and solutions, the
servicing of engines, propulsion systems, electrical and automation systems, and
boilers, as well as field services and spare parts. It also covers upgrades and
conversions, long-term agreements for engine and propulsion systems, as well as
training services. Wärtsilä Services is at the forefront in developing new
service concepts to meet customer needs for optimal operational efficiency.
Wärtsilä Services oprerates some 70 fully owned workshops and employs more than
11,000 service professionals.
Read more about Viking Grace
Wärtsilä press release 3 March 2011: Wärtsilä receives order for gas engines and
equipment to Viking Line's new environmentally sound passenger ferry
Wärtsilä trade press release 21 March 2011: Wärtsilä LNGPac and Compact Silencer
System added to scope of supply for new Viking Line ferry
Image of Viking Grace
For further information, please contact:
Wärtsilä Finland Oy, Services
Tel. +358 40 837 3886
Tel. +358 400 793 827
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine
and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the
vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2012, Wärtsilä's net sales
totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has
operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is
listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
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