Wärtsilä has launched a new global Smart Support Center service. It is aimed at giving customers of Wärtsilä’s Voyage business improved asset uptime via remote access, substantially reducing the need for physical service attendance.

Operational support is delivered via virtual service engineers. Smart Support is designed to maintain all Wärtsilä Voyage equipment, including ship handling solutions, such as ECDIS and charts, simulation and training systems, and ship traffic control solutions.

The service an extension of the company’s remote monitoring and support capabilities covering other areas of Wärtsilä’s total offering.

The Wärtsilä Smart Support Center remotely manages the health of systems, proactively warns if anything is deteriorating, makes software updates, and assists system users in all operative questions with fast response times.

The service has been extensively tested in a pilot programr with Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen AS.

“Firstly, the crew is aware that 95% of all errors can be rectified remotely, and they don’t need to arrange for a service engineer in the next port to solve the issue.” sayd Hans Elker Hansen, Marine QA, Vetting & Nautical Manager at Lauritzen. “This means that we have the equipment up and running at all times. Secondly, the use of e-mails to solve a technical or user-related problem is almost entirely eliminated, which avoids excessive communication.”

“The Wärtsilä Smart Support Center connects our equipment and systems, for example ECDIS, simulators and our Vessel Traffic System, allowing significant enhancement to our remote service capabilities” says Torsten Büssow, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Voyage. “It gives an opportunity to really establish the status of the systems, to carry out remote software updating, and to enable the customer and Wärtsilä to work closely together on the systems,The Wärtsilä Smart Support Centre delivers outstanding service levels backed by an experienced team of engineers and subject matter experts who are available 24/7. In addition, it provides access to the company’s knowledge base and responds to the most frequently asked questions.

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