Wärtsilä has signed an agreement to provide a long-term maintenance solution to Tokyo Gas subsidiary and Japanese LNG shipowner Tokyo LNG Tanker.

The Wärtsilä optimised solution will support Tokyo LNG Tanker in various maintenance needs for three 165,000m³ LNG tankers.

Vessels are powered by four nine-cylinder and one six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engines.

For the duration of the deal, Wärtsilä will use its maintenance solution, which covers scheduled maintenance, dynamic maintenance planning inspections and spare parts.

Wärtsilä Marine Middle East and Asia vice-president John Sydney said: “Our agreement with Tokyo LNG Tanker is an important aid in ensuring their fleet availability and eliminating unexpected breakdowns. It will allow the customer to focus on their core business and strengthen the reliability of their operations.”

Wärtsilä will offer the optimised and condition-based maintenance that will enable predictive assessments of servicing needs based on actual component performance.

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Equipment performance will eliminate the need for unexpected or unscheduled vessel repairs and support Tokyo LNG Tanker’s operations.

“Our agreement with Tokyo LNG Tanker is an important aid in ensuring their fleet availability and eliminating unexpected breakdowns.”

Tokyo LNG Tanker Engineering Department general manager Hajime Adachi said: “Wärtsilä can provide maintenance on a wide scale that positions well with our needs.

“We need a reliable lifecycle partner who can respond to our needs and enable us to operate as smoothly as possible.”

Wärtsilä’s energy-saving propeller cap EnergoProFin has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program.

Wärtsilä, which provides lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, has operations in around 200 locations in more than 80 countries across the globe.