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Cruise operator Carnival has collaborated with Wärtsilä to optimise engine room operations aboard its fleet of 101 ships across its nine brands.

As part of this development, Wärtsilä will install technologies and systems on several of Carnival Corporation‘s vessels. It will include engine control and monitoring systems, and safety and fuel efficiency packages, as well as Wärtsilä’s asset performance optimisation solution.

Carnival Corporation chief maritime officer Bill Burke said: "Since last summer, teams from Carnival Corporation and Wärtsilä have met regularly to ensure that each of these solutions adds value to the company’s fleet.

"Ultimately, our goal is to continuously improve our operations in order to accomplish our number-one priority: providing safe and comfortable voyages for our guests, along with a great vacation experience."

The asset performance optimisation solution will increase vessel performance and also ensure that systems are operating at their full capabilities, increasing predictability of maintenance needs and fuel management.

In contrast, the fuel engine package will enable the vessel to reduce fuel consumption, the company stated.

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"Our number-one priority: providing safe and comfortable voyages for our guests, along with a great vacation experience."

Wärtsilä Services vice-president Tomas Hakala said: "We have focused on finding an agile and mutually beneficial way of cooperating and establishing a structure that drives performance in both organisations.

"We believe this is the beginning of a close and fruitful relationship between Carnival Corporation and Wärtsilä. The valuable insights that we are gaining can also be further utilised with other product families and vessels."

In April this year, Wärtsilä signed a five-year technical management agreement to provide services to shipping company Golar LNG.

As part of this development, the company will support Golar LNG in areas such as remote monitoring of engines, maintenance planning, advisory services and guaranteed availability of personnel, as well as spare parts.

Image: Wärtsilä president and CEO Björn Rosengren and Carnival Board chairman Micky Arison. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.