MOL LNG Transport Europe has signed a maintenance agreement with Finnish manufacturing company Wärtsilä in order to enhance operational safety and predictability for two of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

The comprehensive service agreement, which has been signed for ten years, will also help reduce the operational costs of the two LNG carriers operated by the European affiliate of the Japanese MOL Group.

Under the terms of the deal, Wärtsilä will have to offer all scheduled engine maintenance activities, workshop services, as well as online remote support for the two vessels.

"We see great potential in the growing LNG industry and are very happy to partner with MOL LNG Transport (Europe)."

Wärtsilä UK managing director Andy Dickinson said: “We see great potential in the growing LNG industry and are very happy to partner with MOL LNG Transport (Europe) to help the company optimise the maintenance of its vessels.

“A long-term maintenance agreement allows us to plan maintenance activities efficiently, taking into account equipment condition as well as the customer's operating schedule and environment.”

Wärtsilä's Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) system would enable the maintenance activities of the vessels' engines to be planned on actual engine condition instead of following a strict calendar-based schedule.

The CBM monitoring system can control and extend the engine maintenance intervals, thereby cutting down on the operational costs as well as downtime.

The technology collects data about the engines' operating parameters and then transmits them in real time to a service centre of Wärtsilä in order to carry out technical expert analysis.

MOL LNG Transport Europe deputy general manager Martin Gallacher said: “We value Wärtsilä's expertise and knowledge about these engines and therefore see Wärtsilä as a valued working partner for cost effective maintenance of our LNG carriers.

“We also place great importance on maximising our vessels' availability, which will be achieved through this agreement.”

The two carriers included in the agreement are LNG carriers Spirit of Hela and Gigira Laitebo. The two vessels feature four 50DF Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines each.

Image: Wärtsilä improves operational safety and predictability for two LNG vessels of MOL LNG Transport Europe. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd.