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TECHNOLOGY group Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement with the Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Monohakobi Technology Institute to evaluate Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight predictive maintenance service as part of a pilot program.

The agreement was signed in January 2021 and, the program could lead to NYK adopting the solution throughout its entire fleet.

The evaluation will be carried out on two LNG Carrier vessels, the Marvel Falcon and the LNG Sakura. Both vessels operate with Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines. The program will evaluate the analytics and support service provided by Expert Insight, in combination with the Wärtsilä Optimised Maintenance Lifecycle solution.

Expert Insight is an innovative service that leverages artificial intelligence and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in real-time, spot anomalies, foresee potential problems, and enable rapid reaction accordingly.

Should anomalous behaviour be detected, it is flagged to specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres, allowing them to support the customer proactively with an appropriate resolution to the issue.

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Shogo Yamada, manager of NYK LINE’s marine group said, “NYK has already commenced operating an Expert-in-the Loop service at our Remote Diagnostics Centre in Manila.

“This anomaly detection system oversees the entire engine plant, and we are confident that the complementing expertise from both our companies will result in the best possible support for our vessels.

“By leveraging big data and artificial intelligence, the maritime industry can greatly increase its efficiency, safety, and competitiveness, and we are keen to take advantage of this wherever possible.”

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