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Thursday, October 4, 2018 

Wärtsilä and Ltd Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has agreed to extend the long-term service agreement it has with Wärtsilä to 2028. The original agreement, signed in 2013, spanned 10 years.

Under the revised agreement, Wärtsilä will optimise the maintenance efficiency through improved Turbocharger maintenance, providing OEM spare parts, workshop services and preferred technical assistance for 46 RCL cruiseships.

The agreement will see Wärtsilä complement RCL Global Marine’s in-house capabilities with direct access to Wärtsilä’s technical expertise, focussing on safety and life cycle costs. It covers a total of 196 engines installed in 46 cruise ships, the majority of which sail in the Caribbean and Europe.

The largest portion of RCL fleet of vessels is equipped with Wärtsilä’s condition monitoring technology, which transmits real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre for analysis. This allows for predictive maintenance planning and optimisation of operations.

“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more toward long-term partnerships. This is a natural direction, as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance. A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance their business. Close cooperation is essential in such partnerships,” said Sean Carey, Service Unit Director North America, Wärtsilä Services.

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