National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a subsidiary of National Marine Dredging Group (NMDC Group), has signed a five year optimised maintenance agreement with technology firm, Wärtsilä. The agreement covers seven vessels in the NPCC fleet and is designed to maximise operational uptime. It will also provide flexibility in maintenance scheduling, which will ease chartering arrangements, while providing long-term cost predictability.
This agreement is a renewal of a five-year agreement NPCC has had for five of its ships, extending this agreement and adding two more ships to its scope. This latest agreement has been tailored to meet the specific needs of NPCC and aims to deliver services and solutions that “improve availability and optimise efficiency of the vessels, thereby reducing carbon footprint.”
Based in the United Arab Emirates, NPCC is a major Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor to the offshore oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and is a well-established customer for Wärtsilä.
The scope of the agreement includes data-driven maintenance planning and round the clock remote operational support, including Wärtsilä’s Expert Insight service. This provides predictive maintenance support by combining artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics with Wärtsilä’s in-house expertise to identify anomalous behaviour in a ship’s machinery. By highlighting potential failures and delivering early indication of equipment deterioration, specialists at Wärtsilä Expertise Centres can remotely provide proactive recommendations for preventing issues from occurring.
Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC said, “Increasing availability and reducing operational risks is a priority for our company, and this agreement with Wärtsilä will help us maximise our fleet’s potential. We appreciate the support and professionalism of Wärtsilä and we look forward to working together to enhance our fleet and ensure our ability to continue executing specialised EPC projects around the world.”