04 October 2016 Dry Bulk | Shipping & Transport The new Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea-Master system was launched at SMM 2016, the leading trade fair for shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology which took place in Hamburg in early September 2016. The Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea- Master system uses digital technology to monitor shaft bearings and seals to help customers maximize uptime and lower lifecycle costs of vessel shaft lines. The Wa¨rtsila¨ 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 Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea-Master system is an exciting example of how digitalization can advance the maintenance of propulsion technology. The system provides extensive real-time technical information and applies data analytics to deliver careful expert analysis and performance-enhancing recommendations,” says Matthew Bignell, Sales Development Manager,Wa¨rtsila¨ Seals & Bearings. “With the Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea-Master, our customers will have a window into the operational health of the vessel’s shaft line and gain knowledge about, for instance, the wear rates of the equipment. This allows for more accurate maintenance planning and reduces vessel downtime. The Wa¨rtsila¨ Se-Master also allows customers to take a long- term view on their shaft line systems and to ensure regulatory compliance. Moreover, the Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea-Master can enable a controlled extension of tail shaft maintenance withdrawal intervals for water lubricated systems.” The Wa¨rtsila¨ Sea-Master system is available for all vessel segments and ship types as well as for new build and retrofit applications.