Switzerland-based marine power company WinGD has secured orders for its WinGD Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE), an engine monitoring, diagnostics and remote support service, from two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier operators, namely Knutsen OAS Shipping and CoolCo.

Knutsen OAS Shipping has awarded an order for WiDE for seven vessels, which include a recently delivered LNG carrier as well as six vessels under construction.

CoolCo will leverage the service for its two current vessels. CoolCo was formed last year with Eastern Pacific Shipping and Golar LNG serving as shareholders.

The orders will enable the provision of diagnostic services to 17 WinGD X-DF dual-fuel engines.

WinGD director for operations Rudolf Holtbecker said: “WiDE empowers the vessel’s operation team with the tools needed to increase insight into engine performance, manage their maintenance plan and troubleshoot any challenges in order to reduce operating costs.”

Leveraging advanced data sensors, analysis and modelling, WiDE compares the in-service operation of engines with their ideal reference performance to ascertain real-time conditions. It then identifies issues or changes before sending alerts to crews.

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This feature allows crews to avoid or cut down the time needed for troubleshooting and allows fleet managers to optimise maintenance programmes according to the up-to-date detailed insights gained on the component condition.

WiDE allows support from WinGD operations experts and offers regular updates on engine performance and condition.

As the WinGD 24/7 emergency response service is powered by robust connectivity using a leading telecommunications provider, vessel operators can benefit from around-the-clock remote support.

Holtbecker added: “WiDE is a powerful tool for operators who want to take operating expenses into their own hands. Backed by our on-call experts, they can have total confidence that they will be able to maximise engine availability and optimise performance.

“As new engine technologies start to enter the market this level of support will become an increasingly important safeguard for early adopters and pioneers.”

WiDE monitors more than 200 vessels, and all new WinGD engines are equipped with the WiDE hardware as standard.