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Wärtsilä to manage data-based maintenance for Virgin cruise fleet

Virgin Voyages has agreed a deal with Wärtsilä which will see the maritime technology company take responsibility for the maintenance of Virgin Voyages’ three new cruise ships under a ten-year Optimised Maintenance Agreement.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Virgin Voyages is a joint venture between Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Bain Capital, with the three vessels forming the cruise fleet to begin operations in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning service will schedule maintenance operations based on remotely monitored and analysed real-time performance data, to extend service intervals when the equipment does not yet require maintenance and align the maintenance schedule with the operations of the vessel.

The agreement includes Remote Operational Support Services, Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC) meters and calibration, spare parts and technical advisory services for the vessels’ Wärtsilä engines. The ships will also be fitted with Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum navigation system.

“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, senior vice president of marine & technical operations for Virgin Voyages.{/mprestriction}

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