Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a ten-year service agreement for four new coastal cruise vessels that are currently under construction.

Under the ‘Power-by-the-Hour’ service agreement launched in 2017, the vessel owner will hand over the responsibility for service planning and performance of the vessels back to Kongsberg Maritime.

Havila Kystruten chairman Per Sævik said: “It’s extremely important for Havila Kystruten to operate our new fleet with as little downtime as possible due to service requirements or equipment failure.

“Power by the hour is a tool made possible in the age of digitalisation, and we are looking forward to experiencing its benefits for our customers.”

Under the Nkr150m ($17.4m) agreement, the customer will pay a fixed charge per hour of operation per ship, and Kongsberg Maritime will monitor the on-board equipment of each vessel using data from onshore sensors.

By connecting to the ship, the company’s engineers will carry out service activities remotely or send out a service engineer to perform the task, if required.

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The agreement covers planned maintenance, while Kongsberg Maritime will carry out day-to-day maintenance onboard the ship.

“The system enables us to offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than before.”

Kongsberg Maritime president Egil Haugsdal said: “Power by the hour harnesses the power of ‘big data’.

“The system enables us to offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than before.”

Havila Kystruten will operate four passenger ships beginning January 2021 on the coastal route between the southwestern city of Bergen, and Kirkenes in Northern Norway.

Kongsberg Maritime will provide a large equipment package, including main propulsion thrusters of type Azipull with Permanent Magnet (PM) drive motor, PM tunnel thrusters, and stabilisers for the ships.

Earlier this month, Kongsberg Maritime’s parent company Kongsberg Gruppen completed the acquisition of Rolls-Royce’s unprofitable business Commercial Marine for £500m.