Wärtsilä has signed a long-term agreement with cruise operator Princess Cruise Lines to service its seven cruise vessels, which are all powered by Wärtsilä 46 common-rail engines.
Under the deal, Wärtsilä will provide technical management and logistics support, spare parts, scheduled engine maintenance and workshop services.
The agreement also ensures an on-board technical advisor is present during during major repairs, annual training for engine room crew, continuous condition monitoring of equipment, and bi-monthly technical visits to each ship.
Wärtsilä vice president of strategic accounts, Andy Edwards, said that the deal optimises the maintenance schedules for the seven vessels, and provides the customer with technical expertise at a fixed budget price.
"In particular, Wärtsilä’s deep know-how in the field of common-rail technology was a key factor in the award of this contract," Edwards adds.
The company provides common-rail technology for electronically-controlled low-speed marine engines, which offer flexibility in engine settings to give lower fuel consumption, low minimum running speeds, smokeless operation at all running speeds and control of exhaust emissions.
Princess Cruise Lines, part of the Carnival Group, is one of the largest vacation companies in the world, carrying more than a million passengers each year.