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  • 2016 September 5 15:11

    New Wärtsilä Sea-Master system uses digital technology to maximise uptime and reduce lifecycle costs of vessel shaft lines

    Wärtsilä launches Wärtsilä Sea-Master system for monitoring the condition of tail shaft equipment. The Wärtsilä Sea-Master system uses digital technology to monitor shaft bearings and seals to help customers maximise uptime and lower lifecycle costs of vessel shaft lines, the company said in its press release.

    The new Wärtsilä Sea-Master system collects real-time data from the tail shaft of the vessel, providing valuable information about the operational health of the tail shaft equipment. The innovative new system can be applied to open and closed loop water-lubricated stern tubes as well as closed loop oil-lubricated stern tubes. The solution uses digital technology coupled with composite components and existing seals, resulting in a combination that helps customers manage their assets, maximise uptime and lower lifecycle costs.

    Wärtsilä Sea-Master also provides early warning for the detection of rising failure issues with system alarms for critical path components, including bearing temperatures and lubrication rates. The system is approved by relevant classification societies and is available for all vessel segments and ship types as well as for new build and retrofit applications.

    For water-lubricated systems, the tail shaft of a vessel is typically removed in dry dock and inspected by a classification society in every five years. By capturing real-time data with trending, Wärtsilä Sea-Master allows vessel operators to provide reliable information about the condition of the tail shaft for classification society surveyors without having to withdraw the tail shaft extending the interval between removals and thereby reducing unnecessary downtime.

    This versatile system has already sparked the interest of many marine customers. Pilot vessels that feature Wärtsilä Sea-Master are already in operation, and a number of retrofit programs will begin in September 2016.

    Wärtsilä Services in brief:
    Wärtsilä Services creates lifecycle services for its customers, enhancing their business – whenever, wherever. Wärtsilä Services provides industry’s broadest range of services for both shipping and power generation. Wärtsilä Services solutions range from spare parts and basic support to ensuring maximised lifetime, increased efficiency and guaranteed performance of customer’s equipment or installation – in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.
     
    Wärtsilä in brief:
    Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
    In 2015, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.




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