Wärtsilä’s Operim – Operational Performance Improvement & Monitoring – provides owners and operators with real-time data on Wärtsilä products and solutions on-board. This enables the implementation of cost-saving operating performance improvements in a continuous and dynamic fashion.
Vessels are only as efficient as the way they are operated and inefficiencies can translate into avoidable costs that impair profitability. Operim utilises the latest digital technology to provide the data needed to allow the vessel, and the machinery driving it, to be operated at optimal efficiency at all times. It monitors performance constantly so that adjustments can be made as operating conditions, including external factors such as sea and weather, change.
Precise, accurate data as delivered by Operim means that operating decisions no longer need to be made based only on assumptions. By knowing all the facts relating to the vessel’s performance, the guesswork is taken out of the decision-making process and optimal efficiency can be achieved.
Operim is a central pillar in our Smart Marine Ecosystem approach to creating the greater levels of efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability needed as the maritime industry adjusts itself to meeting the challenges of an emerging new era.
Operim is currently available for Wärtsilä’s gas portfolio, including LNG and LPG Carriers, and will soon be rolled out for Biogas and to water and waste treatment solutions. The long-term vision is for all Wärtsilä assets to be delivered digitally augmented and integrated with Operim.
At Wärtsilä, we are dedicated to enhancing the lifecycle performance of our customers’ products and systems with fully integrated smart systems. Operim makes this possible.
Digitally augmenting the product starts by enabling data collection. This can be achieved in several ways depending on the configuration of the vessel and the customers preferences. Installing dedicated Wärtsilä hardware or using the vessel IAS system. Furthermore, if the customer already has data in a cloud this can also be utilised. Once the data is collected it enters the Operim cloud service the heart of which is our digital twin of the product being monitored.
The digital twin is developed in conjunction with our data scientists and product experts who design the actual product to produce a realistic and insightful digital twin with its roots based in the product. Using the digital twin, we can compare the product actual performance against the calculated and expected performance allowing differences in performance to be identified. These can be then visualised through dashboard in the form of:
These insights are then accessible to crew on board the vessel and the on-shore team via a cloud-based dashboard, to enable them to use the analytics and insight to monitor and improve the product performance.
OPERIM also enable Wärtsilä support staff to be connected to provide additional assistance where required. So, in short digitally augmenting the product and integrating it with OPERIM consists of three key elements:
The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a service agreement with the Norway based fleet operator Knutsen OAS. The contract covers the reliquefaction plant for four LNG Carrier vessels, and is designed to optimise their day-to-day operational performance. The signing took place in March 2022.
The scope of the agreement includes Wärtsilä’s digital Operim (Operational Performance Improvement & Monitoring) system. This provides real-time data on Wärtsilä’s onboard equipment, thus enabling expert management and control to deliver cost-savings and more efficient operations. Wärtsilä will also provide expert technical support, as well as servicing and spare parts support.
“The digital and technical support provided by Wärtsilä are expected to be extremely valuable to us. Having the cargo plant operating at optimal performance at all times will both increase efficiency and reduce our maintenance costs,” says Bjørn Hagland Hansen, Fleet Manager LNG, Knutsen OAS Shipping AS.
“We are able to monitor the equipment in real-time, and have a daily dialogue with the ships’ crews to ensure the best possible performance and deliver any necessary troubleshooting advice. We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Knutsen, and this agreement strengthens our collaboration even further,” says Sharique Sayed, Business Development Manager, Services, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions
Wärtsilä will also provide advice on maintenance of the reliquefaction plant and supply spare parts during dry-docking of the vessels. The agreement will enter into effect from June 2022 and is valid for 5 years.
Service agreements are a central element within Wärtsilä’s lifecycle support approach to serving its customers with solutions that enhance their competitiveness and business performance.
Wärtsilä Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions. We help our customers on the journey towards a sustainable future through focus on lifecycle, innovation and digitalization.
Media contact for more information on this release:
Mrs Elin Saure Hasund
Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Gas Solutions
Wärtsilä Marine Systems
Tel: +47 81548500
Image caption: Knutsen OAS LNGC ©Knutsen OAS
Wärtsilä Marine Systems in brief:
Wärtsilä Marine Systems supports customers with high quality products and lifecycle services related to the gas value chain, exhaust treatment, shaft line, underwater repair and electrical integrations. We are committed to providing the latest and most efficient solutions, in line with Wärtsilä’s vision for a safe and sustainable future for our customers, our communities and our planet.
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.