Following soon after Kongsberg’s takeover of Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine business at the beginning of April, the company announced a ten-year service agreement with Havila Kystruten AS covering four coastal cruise vessels.
The ships, which are currently under construction at Tersan in Turkey and Barreras in Spain, will operate on Norway’s coastal route between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north from January 2021.
Power-by-the-hour, a concept first developed by Rolls-Royce in its aviation business, was introduced in shipping in 2017, initially targeting the offshore sector. Under this deal, Havila will pay a fixed charge per hour of operation and Kongsberg Maritime will permanently and remotely monitor shipboard equipment, with specialists intervening from shore or on board, as necessary.
Per Sævik, Havila Kystruten chairman, commented: “It’s extremely important for Havila Kystruten to operate its new fleet with as little downtime as possible due to service requirements or equipment failure. Power-by-the-hour is a tool made possible in the age of digitalisation, and we are looking forward to experience its benefits for our customers.”