Wärtsilä has secured a contract from Virgin Voyages to provide maintenance services for three cruise ships.

The comprehensive ten-year optimised maintenance agreement covers Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning, which is designed to conduct maintenance operations using remotely monitored and analysed real-time performance data.

Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning is also capable of extending intervals of maintenance service required by equipment.

It also allows scheduled maintenance depending on the operations of the vessel, increasing availability and reducing unnecessary downtime.

The maintenance agreement also features remote operational support services, specific fuel oil consumption (SFOC) meters and calibration, as well as spare parts and technical advisory services for the engines.

Virgin Voyages will also receive comprehensive technical support and personnel training from Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä US Services Unit director Sean Carey said: “Our environmentally sound solutions and forward-looking modern technologies will help to ensure the perfect cruise experience for Virgin Voyages’ customers.”

“Our unique agreement with Wärtsilä will help us ensure that our ships are operating efficiently and sustainably.”

Virgin Voyages’ three new cruise ships are expected to start operations in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Powered by Wärtsilä46F engines, the ships will feature various Wärtsilä solutions such as Hybrid Scrubber System and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems for exhaust gas cleaning, as well as Nacos Platinum navigation solution.

Virgin Voyages Marine and Technical Operations senior vice-president Stuart Hawkins said: “At Virgin Voyages we’re seeking to redefine how a holiday at sea looks and feels.

“Building a new approach to sea travel is a massive undertaking, and our unique agreement with Wärtsilä will help us ensure that our ships are operating efficiently and sustainably.”

Virgin Voyages is a joint venture between Virgin Group and American investment firm Bain Capital.