Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) is extending its service agreement with Finnish technology company Wärtsilä for the next ten years.
The original agreement, struck in 2013, involves Wärtsilä optimising maintenance efficiency and technical assistance for 46 RCCL vessels in areas including turbocharger servicing, the supply of original equipment manufacturer spare parts, workshop services and other technical assistance.
The new agreement, signed in June, covers a total of 196 engines installed on the RCCL cruise vessels, many of which are deployed on Caribbean and European itineraries. Most of the cruise line’s ships are equipped with Wärtsilä condition monitoring systems which transmit real-time information about engine condition to a Wärtsilä Expertise Centre of analysis. This allows for predictive maintenance planning and operational optimisation.
“When it comes to maintenance planning and operations, the marine and cruise industry is moving more and more towards long-term partnerships,” said Sean Carey, Service Unit director, North America for Wärtsilä Services. "This is a natural direction as it enables a holistic approach to vessel maintenance. A partner that understands the installation and optimises their condition throughout their lifecycle can help Royal Caribbean to enhance its business. Close cooperation is essential in such partnerships.”