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June 16, 2009

Wärtsilä offers lay-up service

Wärtsilä is introducing a package of services designed to manage hot and cold vessel lay-ups.

While laying-up of ships is one option for meeting the challenges of falling ship demand, it is important that the vessel's machinery be kept in good condition. This, says Wärtsilä, 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.

Centrally controlled and despatched from Wärtsilä Switzerland, 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.

"Vessel lay-up is a complex operation that requires methodology and expertise to minimize the risks of failure at restart, and during further operation. Wärtsilä has that expertise for ship machineries, and we can ensure ship owners that the job will be carried out with care, and in the interest of retaining the machineries' long-term value." says Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.

"Each morning, all over the world, 6700 people go to work in Wärtsilä field service activities. Wärtsilä is capitalising on this global presence." Mr Blomberg added. Dedicated resources handle the project management and job supervision tasks. Wärtsilä is also looking to further expand its offering for ship lay-ups by providing watch crews, on a case by case basis.

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.

Wärtsilä says that "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."


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