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Wärtsilä Launches New Services Package For Ship Lay-Ups

Posted on June 17, 2009

Wärtsilä has expanded its services offering to ensure the best lifecycle support of customers' vessels with the introduction of a comprehensive package of services, designed to cost efficiently manage hot and cold vessel lay-ups.

Reduced transportation demand, over-capacity, and low freight and charter rates have become a major concern throughout the marine industry. The laying-up of ships is one option available to ship owners for meeting these challenges. However, when laying-up, it is of the utmost importance that the vessel's machinery be kept in good condition. This is achieved through professional management of the de-activation and re-activation phases, and by regular inspections and maintenance during the interim period. Wärtsilä's lay-up services will be available for engine room equipment covering 2-stroke & 4-stroke engines, propulsion lines, electrical & automation equipment, and boiler systems.

When ships are laid-up with insufficient care, a humid environment will cause accelerated wear, corrosion and deterioration. The re-activation phase will then unveil, for instance, corrosion of the shafts, flanges, pins and journal surfaces, and deposits and sediments in cooling chambers, clogging of filters and gaskets, and seal deterioration. Wärtsilä regularly performs in-situ repair and maintenance jobs, and is well prepared to handle situations such as these. Regardless of the equipment make, or who has performed the lay-up, Wärtsilä offers in-situ shaft machining, laser alignment services, reconditioning, under water repairs, and flying squad services, on call.

As an option and on request of the owners, the lay-up period can also provide a good opportunity for implementing machinery upgrades, which will improve the fitness and operational efficiency, and the overall performance of the ship once it re-enters service. Wärtsilä offers a wide range of solutions for main and auxiliary engines, and propulsion lines and systems that offer operational cost reductions, increased reliability, and a reduction in emissions. Centrally controlled and dispatched from Wärtsilä Switzerland, the expert crews are mobilized regionally in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia. The service package is an all-in-one agreement covering a selection of equipment, for de-activation, re-activation, lay-up inspections, or a combination of all of these.

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