Virgin Voyages – a joint venture between Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and private equity firm Bain Capital – has assigned Wärtsilä the responsibility of maintaining its three cruise vessels.
The 10-year optimized maintenance agreement will see the Finnish technology group carry out maintenance operations based on remotely-monitored and analyzed real-time performance data.
This method enables extended service intervals when equipment doesn’t yet require maintenance. Vessel availability is thereby increased, while unnecessary downtime is minimized.
The agreement includes remote operational support services, specific fuel oil consumption meters and calibration, spare parts and technical advisory services for the engines. In addition, Virgin Voyages will receive technical support and personnel training.
All three vessels in Virgin Voyages’ fleet will be equipped with Wärtsilä 46F engines, Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Scrubber System and Selective Catalytic Reduction systems for exhaust gas cleaning, as well as Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum navigation solution.
“At Virgin Voyages we’re seeking to redefine how a holiday at sea looks and feels,” says Stuart Hawkins, SVP of Marine & Technical Operations for Virgin Voyages. “Building a new approach to sea travel is a massive undertaking, and our unique agreement with Wärtsilä will help us ensure that our ships are operating efficiently and sustainably.”
Virgin Voyages will aim to differentiate itself from other cruise lines by catering to an adult customer base. Its three vessels will begin operations in 2020, 2021 and 2022.