Managing vessel lifecycle

A service agreement can help you manage the lifecycle of your vessels and other assets and stay competitive.

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Reduced downtime

Lower risk of unplanned maintenance and costly downtime.

Fuel savings

Save fuel and reduce OPEX. Know your maintenance costs years ahead.

Lower emissions

Cut CO2 emissions and ensure compliance on your decarbonisation journey.


How can maintenance help me decarbonise, cut emissions, and stay compliant?

While much of the discussion around decarbonisation leads with fuel-saving hardware and software, one should not overlook the effect of maintenance.

If your vessel is well maintained and has a clean hull, you’re going to save on fuel and generate less emissions. Simple maintenance practices can have a surprisingly big impact on the efficiency of vessels.

And though some improvements may be small, make enough of them and they will add up to substantial fuel savings – and therefore a significant reduction in emissions. 

Learn more about the effect of maintenance practices on your decarbonisation success:
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How has the guaranteed asset performance service helped Carnival decarbonise? This case study on a win-win partnership between Carnival and Wärtsilä has the answer

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Take Wärtsilä as your partner for managing the lifecycle of your vessels. Start from there and you can take five surprising steps to get ahead of your competition. This infographic shows you how.

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How can I ensure that my assets are performing at an optimal level?

How could I ensure top performance and efficiency? How can I maintain and ensure fuel efficiency?

With performance guarantees, you can have a partnership that is set on common goals. Quantifiable performance targets are mutually agreed based on your business needs, and we guarantee that these targets will be reached and maintained.

The agreed common targets can include, for example, uptime, reliability, fuel consumption, emissions, and overhaul duration. With outcome-based partnership models risk and reward can be shared forming a true partnership.

Not sure if an outcome-based service agreement could meet your needs? Download this white paper for more in-depth information. You will also learn the seven signs that you might benefit from an outcome-based service agreement:How a service agreement could give your maritime business a competitive edge.

Learn more about performance guarantees:
How to get vessel uptime, fuel savings or reduced emissions – guaranteed


How to reduce unscheduled stops and prevent downtime?

How could I foresee problems before they occur?

When your top requirement is the reliability of your vessels, you should sign up for the Expert Insight predictive maintenance service. It means that the Wärtsilä experts will monitor and analyse your vessels’ operational data and alert you if something looks suspicious. You will get the alert before things would go wrong.

Predictive maintenance is based on Artificial Intelligence and advanced diagnostics, which will detect even the smallest anomalies that may indicate a potential problem in the future.

The Expertise Centre will be like your extended crew member who will safeguard the reliability of your vessels. You will get more uptime and less unscheduled downtime leading to lost revenue, and you can also save big money on repairs.

Learn more about Expert Insight and the benefits it can provide:

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What could be the true cost of a single day’s delay?

Picture the scene: Your cruise ship is set to leave port with thousands of guest onboard. But there’s a problem which means your ship leaves port a day later than it should. What is the true cost of a day’s delay for a cruise operator? And how could you avoid such expensive problems?

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Where to get better and faster technical support? 

Would it be possible to have a single contact to call whenever I need support?

When the connectivity is already in place, Expertise Centres can provide you with remote Operational Support when you need it. In other words, you will have dedicated experts whom to call round the clock to get faster and better technical support and troubleshooting.

The Expertise Centre will be like your extended crew member who can give actionable advice and help solve issues no matter when they might occur.
According to statistics, 90% of issues can be solved remotely and 80% during the same day. 

Wärtsilä’s digital remote support capabilities have proven to be of great value for us, saving both time and costs by often eliminating the need to have service people sent onboard in person.

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How could I make more flexible maintenance plans?

How to know where to save smart money on maintenance?

One of the Wärtsilä services is called Data-driven Dynamic Maintenance Planning. When you choose it, our experts get access to your vessels’ operational data and can make the optimal maintenance plan. 

Because the plan is based on the true condition of the assets, you won’t have to change engine parts only because a manual says so. Instead, they can be changed when it makes the best sense. 
Thanks to actual data, maintenance plans can be more flexible. It may also be possible to extend overhaul intervals so that maintenance can take place when it’s most convenient for you.


How to be smarter about maintenance budgeting?

How can I keep within my maintenance budget? How to predict the maintenance costs more accurately?

A service agreement will give you cost predictability and it will be your assurance that your assets are maintained with the best OEM quality. Knowing the fixed, monthly fee makes budgeting easy for you.

Take a look at this case study: A Canadian ferry operator Société des Traversiers du Quebec chooses to delegate maintenance to a trusted partner

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How to be smarter about maintenance in general?

What does it take to improve my maintenance decision-making?

Data and digital solutions give you the possibility to make smarter maintenance decisions. For example, you can get cyber-secure connectivity and track the performance of your assets in real time. You can have fast and easy access to operational data such as trends, event logs, dashboards, and visualised engine performance.

With Wärtsilä, you can benefit from Data Insight whether you are on board or on shore.


Where can I get support for maintaining my vessel?

What to do if the coordination of maintenance takes too much time from my crew?

You will of course want to keep your engines in top condition, and Wärtsilä can help you with that. Partner with us with a lifecycle agreement, and our experts will help you plan, prepare, and execute the maintenance.

Dedicated experts will make sure that things go smoothly, starting with the maintenance planning, then coordinating the spare parts, and finally making sure that a skilled maintenance workforce will be available to do the work with top quality. 

Customer stories

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Wärtsilä Lifecycle Agreement to support optimised low-emission operations for two P&O Ferries vessels

Mar 14, 2024, 11:00 by Wärtsilä Corporation

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a Lifecycle Agreement with UK-based P&O Ferries. The five-year agreement covers two vessels, the M/V Pioneer and the M/V Liberté, and is designed to optimise and ensure minimal impact on their operations, while providing maintenance cost predictability. The order was booked by Wärtsilä in January 2024.

Ferries have a huge role to play in meeting the growing demand for environmentally sustainable transport options. That’s why it is especially crucial for ferry operations to run smoothly and efficiently, in order to avoid unnecessary costs, fuel consumption and emissions.

The scope of the Lifecycle Agreement with P&O Ferries includes parts and maintenance services, as well as maintenance planning, operational support and Wärtsilä’s unique Expert Insight predictive maintenance service. This means issues can be identified before they cause a delay in the schedule. Delays are a big pain point for ferry operators because delays mean they need to make up the time through increasing speed which, consequently, results in higher fuel bills and emissions.

“We are focused on making P&O Ferries the best ferry company in Europe and this includes doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment,” says Stephen Pitt, Senior Procurement Manager, P&O Ferries. “The ability to leverage Wärtsilä’s advanced digital solutions is central to this – helping us to improve vessel uptime, save fuel and decrease emissions.”

Both vessels feature hybrid propulsion with battery power and four high-efficiency Wärtsilä 31 main engines. They are expected to produce 40 percent fewer emissions than the ships they replace. By ensuring their optimal performance, the agreement will further enhance the ships’ environmental sustainability.

“Wärtsilä shares P&O Ferries’ commitment to decarbonising shipping operations. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to support these two environmentally friendly ferries by optimising their operational performance. The Lifecycle Agreement represents a partnership for highest operational efficiency, and the experts supported by digitals tools to ensure minimal interruption, as well as reliable and sustainable operations,” comments Lee Martindale, General Manager, Sales for UK & Ireland, Wärtsilä.

The M/V Pioneer commenced commercial operations in June 2023, while the M/V Liberté is scheduled to enter service in early 2024. The 230-metre long ships are the world’s largest double-ended ferries, and sail between Dover, England and Calais, France.

Media contact for more information on this release:

Isabella Alder
Positioning and Strategic Communications Manager
Wärtsilä Marine
Tel: +44 (0) 7792 681 757

Image caption: Wärtsilä has signed a Lifecycle Agreement with UK-based P&O Ferries. The five-year agreement covers two vessels, the M/V Pioneer (pictured) and the M/V Liberté © P&O Ferries

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Wärtsilä Marine in brief:
Wärtsilä Marine is a global pioneer in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. We develop industry-leading technologies, advancing maritime's transition to new fuels. We support building an end-to-end digital ecosystem where all vessels and ports are connected. Ultimately, Wärtsilä Marine is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future through our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, shaft line solutions and digital technologies, as well as integrated powertrain systems. Our offering, which is underpinned by our performance-based agreements, upgrades, lifecycle solutions, decarbonisation services, as well as an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise, delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support 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 environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,800 professionals in more than 280 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2023, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 6.0 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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