This maintenance support agreement is the single largest maintenance agreement ever to be signed between Wärtsilä and a marine customer, covering some 1400 MW. It will enhance the optimized planning of overhauls and spare parts logistics, focusing on improved fuel economy and the predictability of the customer's operational costs.

Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider, has signed a five year maintenance support agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. It is a joint co-operation between Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and its operating companies Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.

The maintenance support agreement contains a wide range of services, including maintenance planning, spare parts logistics optimization, the development and testing of engine components, fuel consumption optimization, as well as an advisory service for overhauls and workshop services. In addition, the agreement incorporates the development and implementation of future remote engine monitoring systems and associated software.

"This maintenance support agreement provides the superior predictability and innovation level we seek. In addition, it serves as the benchmark for other service agreements and an outstanding model for joint technical co-operation. It is truly evolutionary for the industry," says Captain William S. Wright, Senior Vice President Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International.

The maintenance support agreement covers 29 vessels with an option to add more vessels in the future. A total of 118 Wärtsilä engines comprising the Wärtsilä 46, Wärtsilä 38B, Wärtsilä 32LN and Wärtsilä Vasa 32 types, with an aggregated output of approximately 1400 MW, make this the single largest maintenance agreement to be signed between Wärtsilä and a marine customer. The maintenance support agreement will enhance the optimized planning of overhauls and spare parts logistics, focusing on improved fuel economy and the predictability of operational costs.

Improved fuel economy translates to lower emissions, and the lean spare part logistics planning, which focuses on low environmental impact, contributes to a better environmental performance. "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. benefits in many ways, including the latest advances in remote monitoring technology, and we are looking at a set-up that will optimize the operational availability and maximize engine efficiency," says Gregory M. Purdy, Vice President Marine Operations for Celebrity Cruises.