Technology group Wartsila has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipping firm Solvang to provide its digital Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (OPERIM) solution to enhance the operational efficiency of the Solvang fleet.

The five-year agreement was signed in December last year. It took effect on 1 January.

According to the agreement, Solvang will be able to access Wartsila’s OPERIM technology, including the OPERIM cloud application, along with the assistance from Wartsila experts.

The cloud-based technology encompasses a digital twin model of the gas cargo handling systems, enabling it to report KPIs and specify the best performance within the fleet.

The data insights can be used by both the crew and onshore teams, enabling them to improve their operational routines by providing feedback.

The system also permits operational modifications in accordance with the changes in operating conditions.

OPERIM will be installed in 15 Solvang liquified petroleum gas (LPG) / ethylene carriers fitted with Wartsila cargo handling systems during the first phase of the agreement.

To evaluate the data produced and decide on the future course of actions, monthly fleet management meetings will be held.

The development of crew competencies will also be emphasised.

In the second phase of the agreement, OPERIM will be deployed on 12 additional vessels in the Solvang fleet.

Wartsila Gas Solutions digital offering director Nicholas Martin said: “Lifecycle support to our customers’ installations is a central pillar in the strategy of Wartsila Gas Solutions. This agreement marks a step change in our customer offering by combining input from our service experts with our digital solution to deliver a digitally enabled lifecycle service. This allows us to ensure the products, systems, and solutions that we deliver are properly maintained, and that their reliability and performance are at the optimal level for our customers.”

Solvang fleet director Tor Øyvind Ask said: “Wartsila’s digitally enabled service provides transparency and valuable insights to our operations. The agreement allows us to use Wartsila’s OPERIM solution but goes further by engaging experts from both sides to work collaboratively to find the best solutions for our business, whether it be in operator usage, operational routines, or the plant performance. We have created a collaborative approach to operational improvements.”

Last week, Wartsila secured a five-year optimised maintenance agreement from offshore vessel operator Siem Offshore to cut down the carbon footprint of two offshore well intervention vessels by using the latest digital technology.