Wärtsilä and Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö have extended their long-term maintenance agreement for Eckerö’s entire fleet of five vessels.

The five-year agreement between Wärtsilä and Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö covers five vessels. One of the vessels has been fitted with the Wärtsilä Condition based monitoring system, which provides data to enable dynamic maintenance planning.

“We have very positive experiences of working with Wärtsilä and wanted to extend our cooperation further. Wärtsilä was able to offer a customized service package that met all our maintenance needs. Furthermore, these services increase cost predictability and reduce risks. We consider Wärtsilä a trusted partner,” says Daniel Olsén, Technical Manager, Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö.

The Finnish shipping company Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö consists of four marine companies: Birka Cruises AB, Eckerö Shipping Ab Ltd, Eckerö Line Ab Oy and Eckerö Linjen Ab. The company is based in Åland and it owns and operates a cruiser, ferries and cargo vessels on the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Its fleet consists of cruiser MS Birka Stockholm, ferries MS Finlandia and MS Eckerö, and RoRo vessels MV Exporter and MV Shipper.

Wärtsilä tailored its service and maintenance offering to help Eckerö optimise its fleet operations. In addition to service and maintenance work, Wärtsilä provides spare parts, shaft seals, services for the catalytic converters, dynamic maintenance planning (DMP) and condition based maintenance (CBM).

The aim with the dynamic maintenance planning solution is to extend maintenance intervals and reduce spare parts consumption. Maintenance operations are then planned based on expert analysis of the engine’s condition and the real-time data provided by the engines. DMP and CBM are part of the recently launched Wärtsilä Genius services, which optimise customers’ operations with innovative digital solutions.

“We are happy to take our cooperation with Eckerö to a new level. We value their trust highly. With these services, we are able to gain useful data and can help Eckerö maintain and safeguard engine availability. Customized solutions or service packages, such as this one, are Wärtsilä’s way of ensuring that our customers get exactly what they need in order to operate efficiently and reliably,” says Peter Guldbrand, General Manager Sales, Service Unit Baltic and Black Sea, Wärtsilä.