Wärtsilä has been selected as the preferred partner to provide engine and other equipment services for Norway-based PGS Geophysical's fleet of eight seismic vessels.

Wärtsilä will maintain the engines and propulsion systems on board PGS’s fleet under the deal, securing maximum uptime as well as safe and economic operations.

The newly signed agreement also includes an option for additional two years.

Wärtsilä will optimise the operations and maintenance of the PGS vessels' engines and propulsion systems during the initial phase of the arrangement.

Phase two will see both companies identify how PGS can use Wärtsilä’s digital solutions to further secure maritime uptime and minimise risk and costs.

Wärtsilä Services Norway service unit director Hans Nesse said: “Ensuring the availability and reliability of a large, globally operating fleet requires a wide service network, which we are able to offer.

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“With Wärtsilä’s advisory service and support, PGS is able to concentrate on what they specialise in: offering seismic services for their customers.”

"Marine geophysics is a highly specialised and technology-driven area, and the reliability of our fleet is essential to ensure that we can deliver these services to our customers."

Four of the PGS vessels are currently linked to Wärtsilä’s condition based maintenance solution (CBM), which balances safe operations with optimum engine performance and extended times between overhauls.

Automatic transfer of data from the installations to the CBM enables online monitoring and troubleshooting data of the engines on board.

PGS Geophysical global sourcing manager Håkon Matheson said: “Marine geophysics is a highly specialised and technology-driven area, and the reliability and safety of our fleet is essential as it ensures that we can deliver these services, as promised, to our customers.”

The company provides 3D images of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. It also provides a wide range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, interpretation and field evaluation.  

Image: Ramform Titan is one of the eight seismic vessels under the service agreement between Wärtsilä and PGS. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.