Wärtsilä has signed a five-year Guaranteed Asset Performance (GAP) agreement with Singapore based Livestock Express, said to be the largest provider of premium livestock tonnage.
The contract replaces an earlier, now expired, optimised maintenance agreement. In upgrading the level of digital support through the new GAP agreement, Wärtsilä was able to deliver a customised maintenance programme designed to provide enhanced operational reliability and performance.
The new GAP agreement covers a fleet of seven identical 135m long livestock carriers, each operating with a Wärtsilä X35 main engine and three Wärtsilä 20 auxiliary engines. The scope includes a guarantee on engine reliability, a customised maintenance schedule, remote operational support, a component lifetime guarantee, and Wärtsilä’s digital predictive maintenance service, Expert Insight.
Expert Insight uses artificial intelligence and advanced diagnostics to monitor onboard equipment and systems in real time. Specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres are assigned to follow the situation and to support the customer with proactive advice should it be deemed necessary or appropriate.
Arunkumar Unnikrishna, GM Livestock Express, said: “Wärtsilä has provided continuous and prompt service support to our fleet during the past five years. This value-adding support has ensured our operational uptime, and we are pleased to extend this cooperation with the new innovative Guaranteed Asset Performance agreement.”
Jörgen Naaijer, GM Agreement Sales MEA, Wärtsilä, added: “This contract renewal and upgrade represents the culmination of the trust and recognition earned from the earlier agreement and we are happy to even deepen the collaboration with Livestock Express. With the new agreement we will guarantee the equipment reliability and help customers to lower the carbon footprint of their fleet.”
In addition to the Wärtsilä engines, Livestock Express uses Wärtsilä’s Fleet Optimisation Solution, integrated ECDIS and intelligent navigation package on 13 of its vessels.