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PHOTO: Wärtsilä provides maintenance solutions to the fleet of eight Girocantex pusher tugs, which operate in the challenging rivers of South America.
The technology group Wärtsilä and Girocantex Uruguay, a subsidiary of Hidrovias Group, have signed a 5-year Optimised Maintenance agreement on the fleet of eight pusher tugs operating in the challenging rivers of South America. The agreement enables flexible maintenance planning and execution according to the real condition of the equipment, thus ensuring better lifecycle value for the vessels.
The technology group Wärtsilä and Crowley Petroleum Services are continuing their co-operation by extending and expanding their maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges (ATBs) owned and operated by US-based Crowley. An ATB has a hinged connection system that allows a powerful ocean-going tug to connect to a notch in the stern of the barge, which enables the tug to propel and maneuver the barge.
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has recently signed two inspection service agreements with experienced dry bulk shipping operators, ESL Shipping and Wagenborg Shipping, to ensure that essential MacGregor equipment is in good working order and any issues are identified quickly to avoid unexpected downtime.
The first was a three-year service agreement, effective from 1 February, with Finland-based ESL. It will see MacGregor inspect the folding hatch covers and K-cranes fitted onboard a barge and a fleet of nine bulk carriers.
Collaboration removes need for costly custom interfaces, allowing wider access to valuable performance data and analytics. Danelec Marine, the manufacturer of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), ECDIS and ship-to-shore data solutions, has teamed up with global maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA to deliver a complete cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution for ship performance analysis and optimization.
The first Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge, an initiative by the technology group Wärtsilä to find innovative start-ups to develop ideas for the smart shipping value chain, has been won by KNL Networks and Portcall.com. The prize for the winners is a four-month collaboration and co-creation in the Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC) beginning in March. In addition, they will receive a capital grant of 50,000 euros.