Rolls-Royce has signed a long-term service agreement with offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore for the maintenance of its deck machinery installations aboard 12 anchor handling vessels.
Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday that the five-year maintenance inspection program (MIP) was the formalization of a cooperation agreement between the two companies.
The agreement followed the delivery of ten new AHTS vessels in 2010, and two additional AHTS vessels Siem Offshore took over ship management of in 2017.
Jon August Houge, operations manager of Siem Offshore, said: “We have had a long-term relationship with Rolls-Royce Marine, as a supplier of both propulsion and deck machinery. In our experience, a long-term deal like this provides both parties with predictability and, most importantly, ensures operational stability for our fleet.”
Jan Tore Varga, head of customer support of deck machinery and steering gear at Rolls-Royce, added: “Rolls-Royce has provided Siem Offshore with maintenance and inspections services ever since these vessels were delivered. That we can now formalize the arrangement is a solid confirmation that Siem sees the commercial and technical benefits of our long-term maintenance planning solutions.”
Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce will provide Siem with a single point of contact for its fleet.
Rolls-Royce added that, for each vessel, a bespoke routine maintenance and inspection plan for all deck machinery installed will be drawn up. This includes 12 low-pressure winch systems, shark jaws and towing pins, stern rollers, as well as 24 steering gears and rudders.
The agreement also includes provision for Siem to increase its crew’s knowledge of the systems and functionalities with in-situ training from Rolls-Royce service engineers when working onboard the vessels.
According to the company, the Siem Offshore MIP will also be the first offered with a Rolls-Royce mobile app, allowing the crew to log inspections and tests, and communicate the results to Rolls-Royce for evaluation.
Varga said: “The benefits of running regular maintenance inspections and communicating them are clear – it will reduce the risk of a system breakdown, allow customers to run predictable operations, minimize a vessel’s downtime, and provide expected lower life-cycle costs. For Rolls-Royce there’s added value because it allows us to track work onboard each vessel more effectively, recommending spare parts, upgrades, and overhauls.”
It is worth reminding that Siem Offshore and Subsea 7 signed a joint three-year service agreement with Rolls-Royce covering a total of 74 offshore vessels back in July 2017.