Wärtsilä to Optimize Saudi Shipping Firm


Wärtsilä, a provider of smart technological solutions, has announced the signing of an optimized maintenance agreement with Saudi Arabian tug operator Marine Service Company Ltd (MSCL).

Signed in October 2018, the five-year agreement is the first of its kind between Wärtsilä and a marine operator in Saudi Arabia.

MSCL, which operates four terminal escort tugs at the Port of Rabigh, expects comprehensive maintenance planning from Wärtsilä to streamline vessel operations and boost performance.

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In addition to this, the framework of the two companies’ collaboration also includes services and offerings such as maintenance budgeting, tools, spare parts, and technical expertise, covering the engines of MSCL ships and certain auxiliary equipment.

Technical audits will also be carried out biannually as part of the agreement, while the crews of MSCL’s vessels will all receive extensive training on how to operate onboard equipment.



Captain Salah U. Ahmed, General Manager of MSCL, commented: “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.”



Haidar Al Hertani, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Saudi Arabia, added: “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.”

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