Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement to support MSCL’s tug operations
The technology group Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement with Marine Service Company Ltd (MSCL), a Saudi Arabian tug operator. It is the first ever such agreement that Wärtsilä has signed with a marine operator in Saudi Arabia. MSCL operates four terminal escort tugs operating in the port of Rabigh, and the comprehensive maintenance planning resulting from the agreement will streamline the vessels’ operations, thereby ensuring optimal performance and availability. The 5-year agreement was signed in October 2018.
Within the framework of the agreement, in addition to systematic service activity planning, Wärtsilä provides maintenance budgeting, major overhauls, state-of-the-art tools, spare parts, and technical expertise covering the ships’ engines and certain auxiliary equipment. Wärtsilä’s technical resources are available at all times. In addition, technical audits are carried out bi-annually, and MSCL’s vessel crews will receive extensive training on the onboard equipment.
“Vessel availability is of utmost importance to MSCL as an operator, and it is in our interest to have a long-term cooperation with reliable and valued partners. The optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä is a value-based solution that suits our technical and financial requirements. It is a true upgrade, since it not only increases the availability and efficiency of the vessels, but it also has a positive effect on our bottom line,” says Capt. Salah U. Ahmed, General Manager, Marine Service Company Ltd.
“We are very pleased that MSCL chose us to be their partner, which opened the opportunity for us to enter into a completely new market of marine agreements in Saudi-Arabia. With our strong local presence, extensive experience, and unmatched service capabilities in the marine sector, we can help MSCL to increase their profitability by enabling better vessel availability,” says Haidar Al Hertani, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia.