Wärtsilä Maintaining Viking Grace
Company signs five-year maintenance agreement for passenger ferry
Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner, Viking Line. The agreement is for maintaining and servicing the Viking Grace, a passenger ferry that operates on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.
The agreement covers four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, as well as the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas system’s safety valves. Under the terms of the contract, Wärtsilä will provide a broad range of services including engine maintenance planning, maintenance work, condition monitoring, spare parts supply, technical support, and workshop services.
The goal is to extend the intervals between maintenance, to optimize the logistics for spare part deliveries, and ensure optimal operating efficiency and fuel consumption, the company said.
The Viking Grace operates a regular timetable schedule in the Baltic Sea between Turku in Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. It is designed to carry cars, trucks and road trailers, as well as 2800 passengers and 200 crew members. By operating on LNG-fuelled Wärtsilä DF engines, the vessel can sail without restrictions in Sulfur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs) and upcoming Nitrogen Emissions Control Areas (NECAs).