Technology group Wartsila has 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.

The agreement was signed in December last year and involves the installation of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions-abatement systems and engines.

As part of the agreement, Wartsila will also supply its Expert Insight predictive maintenance solution, Data-Driven Maintenance concept, and the Lloyd class-approved Wartsila connectivity solution with enhanced cybersecurity.

By leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics, Wartsila’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance solution monitors equipment and systems in real time, identifies incongruities, and forecasts potential problems, enabling timely reaction.

Specialists at Wartsila Expertise Centres are notified immediately in case of any inconsistent behaviour, enabling them to assist the client proactively with an appropriate solution.

Wartsila’s Data-Driven Maintenance allows crew members to perform condition inspections, using borescope optical instruments.

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The connectivity solution acts as a facilitator for onshore digital tools. It offers Cloud-based services such as remote optimisation, remote monitoring, and support.

The company said that the optimal maintenance measures not only improve safety but also reduce exhaust emissions.

Siem-Helix operational director Dag Honnemyr said: “We appreciate the easy access to remote operational support made possible by Wartsila’s leading-edge solutions. This allows us to do maintenance when needed rather than at fixed intervals. We are especially excited with Expert Insight, which allows us to monitor the condition of the engines from ashore, and thanks to artificial intelligence and anomaly detection, we expect to prevent unscheduled stops that cause loss of revenue.”

Wartsila Marine Power agreement sales director Henrik Wilhelms said: “Lifecycle support is a key element of our strategy, and our advanced digital and data-based maintenance solutions are central to enabling optimal operational performance. The benefit of being able to efficiently monitor the equipment and support customers remotely is enhanced even more today since due to corona-related travel restrictions, in-person visits by service engineers can be difficult to arrange. Since our engineers need to travel less, their carbon footprint is reduced, while at the same time, we can optimise the performance of the asset, so it is really a double win.”

The two ships, the Siem Helix 1 and Siem Helix 2, each run with eight Wartsila 32 engines and are currently operating in Brazil’s offshore oil fields.