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Norway. Wärtsilä to optimise performance and uptime of four Songa Offshore drilling rigs

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wärtsilä, Songa Offshore ensures optimal performance and maximum availability of the Wärtsilä engines and thrusters on board the drilling rigs, which operate in extremely harsh conditions. This is possible with real-time knowledge of the actual condition of the equipment, provided by Wärtsilä's digital offering.

Under the agreement, signed in December 2016, Wärtsilä offers Songa Offshore dynamic maintenance planning and inspections, real-time condition monitoring of engines and thrusters as well as equipment analysis reports. Improved maintenance scheduling leads to better predictability and improved cost efficiency.

The agreement concerns four of the customer's rigs: Songa Equinox, Songa Encourage, Songa Endurance and Songa Enabler. Each rig is equipped with six Wärtsilä 32 engines. Two of the rigs have six Wärtsilä FS3500 steerable thrusters, and two have six Wärtsilä FS3510 steerable thrusters. The rig type is designed for efficient year-round drilling, completion, testing and intervention operations in harsh conditions.

 "We are very excited about this first long-term service agreement with Songa Offshore. With our expertise, we ensure that Songa Offshore's rigs can reach their full performance in the harsh environment of the North Atlantic basin," says Cato Esperø, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Norway.

Wärtsilä Genius offering provides flexibility

The agreement also covers solutions from the Wärtsilä Genius portfolio of digital services. With Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), Wärtsilä continuously monitors the condition of the Wärtsilä 32 engines installed on the rigs. The data is carefully analysed by Wärtsilä to determine service and maintenance needs. This can ensure the optimal performance of the engines and may reduce operating costs.

In addition, the agreement includes the Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), which provides the customer with real-time advice and periodic reports concerning the condition of the steerable thrusters, as well as information necessary for efficient maintenance planning. With Wärtsilä PCMS, customers can enhance the availability, reliability and profitability of their installations, whilst also reducing risks to their assets.

"The agreement helps Songa Offshore maximise the availability of the Wärtsilä engines and thrusters on our four Cat-D rigs. Reliability of the engines and thrusters as well as real-time knowledge of the actual condition of the equipment are crucial to our operations, and this is also a part of Songa Offshore's Class on Location strategy and continuous class project," says Geir Arne Rolland, Head of Asset Maintenance, Songa Offshore.

For further information, please contact:

Deanne L. Fossedal
General Manager Oil & Gas, Wärtsilä Norway
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +47 913 28 424

Hanna Viita
Director, Marketing
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +358 40 167 1755

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 advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Wärtsilä launches SmartPredict to provide safer ship manoeuvring guidance

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 13 March 2017 at 10 am EET

The technology group Wärtsilä launches its latest innovation SmartPredict at this year's Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from March 13 to 16. Developed by the company's Dynamic Positioning unit, SmartPredict is designed to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations by reducing the risks associated with manoeuvring.

The system displays the vessel's predicted future position and heading, and uses proven dynamic positioning (DP) analysis algorithms to evaluate forces affecting the vessel, thereby providing advanced motion prediction. SmartPredict also features a configurable prediction time display.

Most conventional prediction systems are able to utilise only basic input parameters, and thus offer limited usability. Wärtsilä's SmartPredict software module, however, utilises all of the parameters used for automated control by the DP and adjusts them for the motion characteristics of the specific vessel. Such inputs include the vessel's current position and heading, as well as its velocity and rate of turn and all associated accelerations. Also taken into consideration are the manual commands from the coordinated control joystick, and environmental input from the onboard wind sensor(s). These factors are all continuously evaluated to provide a constant updating of the vessel's path.

"Allowing the operator to see into the future enables smarter and safer ship handling decisions to be made, thus lowering the risk of accidents occurring.  We see SmartPredict as being an important step towards more automated procedures, such as docking, and eventually fully autonomous vessel manoeuvring," says Maik Stoevhase, Director, ANC & Integrated Systems, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The Wärtsilä user interfaces provide a simple, intuitive display, allowing the operator to toggle on or off the 'ghost ship' indicators for the predicted positions. This display also allows the user to configure the time steps for the predictions. Fully compatible with the Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) overlay function, SmartPredict provides clear indications of potential dangers during ship manoeuvring, thus immediately increasing the safety and efficiency of operations.

More information can be found here:
Wärtsilä SmartPredict

Mr Michael Ford
General Manager, Commercial Operations, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +1 858 382-7119

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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