Wärtsilä and Carnival Corporation announce agreement to pilot technologies and systems to optimise operations

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 8 May 2015 at 15:00 UTC+2
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Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world, have partnered to optimise engine room operations aboard the company’s fleet of 101 ships across its nine global brands.  

Wärtsilä’s solutions will be tested in pilot projects in which Wärtsilä’s technologies and systems will be installed on several of Carnival Corporation’s vessels. The technologies and systems include engine control and monitoring systems and safety and fuel efficiency packages as well as Wärtsilä’s Asset Performance Optimisation Solution.

Wärtsilä’s Asset Performance Optimisation Solution maximises vessel performance and ensures that systems are operating at their full capabilities, increasing predictability of maintenance needs and fuel management. The fuel engine package is designed to significantly contribute to reducing fuel consumption.

“Since last summer, teams from Carnival Corporation and Wärtsilä have met regularly to ensure that each of these solutions adds value to the company’s fleet,” said Bill Burke, Chief Maritime Officer, Carnival Corporation. “Ultimately, our goal is to continuously improve our operations in order to accomplish our number-one priority – providing safe and comfortable voyages for our guests, along with a great vacation experience.”

“We have focused on finding an agile and mutually beneficial way of cooperating and establishing a structure that drives performance in both organisations,” said Tomas Hakala, Vice President, Services, Wärtsilä. “We believe this is the beginning of a close and fruitful relationship between Carnival Corporation and Wärtsilä. The valuable insights that we are gaining can also be further utilised with other product families and vessels.”

Wärtsilä Asset Performance Optimisation Solution

Wärtsilä Asset Performance Optimisation Solution provides users with guidance on obtaining optimal performance from Wärtsilä engines and makes recommendations on how to rectify potential issues. While the service aims to optimise performance, it also finds deviations from normal operating parameters of the engines and equipment. Engine fault sources and emerging operational problems can be rectified before they occur.

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Caption: Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation and Micky Arison, Chairman of the Board of Carnival Corporation & plc are pleased about deepening the cooperation to support sustainable and environmentally friendly cruises.

For further information, please contact:

Tomas Hakala
Vice President, Services
Wärtsilä Corporation
+358 40 834 7793

Ms Hanna Viita
Director, Marketing
Wärtsilä Corporation
+358 40 167 1755

Roger Frizzell
Chief Communications Officer
Carnival Corporation & plc
+1 (305) 406-7862


Wärtsilä Services in brief
Wärtsilä Services creates lifecycle services for its customers, enhancing their business – whenever, wherever. We provide industry’s broadest range of services for both shipping and power generation. Our solutions range from spare parts and basic support to ensuring maximised lifetime, increased efficiency and guaranteed performance of customer’s equipment or installation – in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

Carnival Corporation & plc in brief
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 216,000 lower berths with 9 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2015 and 2018. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.