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Monday, April 8, 2019 

Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg have signed a ten year long 'Power-by-the-Hour' service agreement for four new coastal passenger vessels that are currently under construction. The contract value is around NOK 150 million.

“It’s extremely important for Havila Kystruten to operate our new fleet with as little downtime as possible due to service requirements or equipment failure. Power-by-the hour is a tool made possible in the age of digitalisation, and we are looking forward to experience its benefits for our customers,” said Per Sævik, Chairman of Havila Kystruten.

Power-by-the-Hour was launched in 2017, and was first sold to the cargo operator NorLines the same year. The agreement means that the vessel owners is handing the responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment’s supplier, in return for a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship. Kongsberg Maritime monitors onboard sensors on each vessel from on shore, allowing engineers to connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer. The agreement covers planned maintenance, with day-to-day onboard maintenance carried out by the shipping company.

“Power by the hour harnesses the power of 'big data'.  The system enables us to offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than before,” said Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime.

From January 2021, Havila Kystruten will operate four passenger ships on the coastal route between the cities of Bergen in south western, and Kirkenes in northern, Norway. The ships will be equipped with a large equipment package from Kongsberg Maritime, including Azipull main propulsion thrusters with Permanent Magnet (PM) drive motor, PM tunnel thrusters, and stabilisers. Kongsberg also delivers the ships' LNG systems, which include four Rolls-Royce Bergen gas engines.

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