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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 

WinGD and ExxonMobil are to collaborate on application of predictive maintenance technology in order to help ship operators meet the IMO 2020 challenges.

The agreement between two companies will see WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology join forces with the Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring service, which, it is claimed, will provide vessel operators a unique range of performance benefits during a period of unprecedented change.

The IMO's impending 0.50% fuel sulphur limit is expected to create complex operational challenges for the marine industry. Gaining insights into how a ship’s engine is functioning will become more important than ever to ensure safe and efficient engine operation. WinGD says that technologically advanced engines and support systems will require enhanced levels of monitoring with clear accuracy to ensure engine optimisation.

“By combining the output from WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert with ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring lubricant analysis, we create an enhanced, bespoke, proactive maintenance programme. Combining these innovations will help ship owners reduce unplanned stoppages, save costs through engine performance optimisation and extend engine overhaul intervals,” said Rolf Stiefel, VP Sales and Marketing, WinGD.

“Uniting our next generation cylinder condition monitoring service with WinGD’s data collection and analytics tools creates unrivalled insights into vessel operations,” said Steve Walker, Global Marine Equipment Builder Manager, ExxonMobil. “This will give peace of mind to ship owners during the transition to compliant solutions.”

Pamela Skaufel, Director, Aviation and Marine Lubricants, ExxonMobil, added: “The integration of these state-of-the-art systems is at the heart of our long-standing and continued collaboration with WinGD to offer vessel operators an invaluable advantage, now and into the future.”

Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring can help vessel operators ensure IMO compliance by measuring the sulphur content of marine fuel throughout the fuelling system and as it enters the engine. This is achieved using the onboard test unit, which employs XRF technology to analyse the fuel’s formulation, compliant to ISO 8754 standard.

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