MAN PrimeServ Signs Maintenance Deal With Teekay
By Jack Burke08 March 2017
MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Diesel & Turbo, has signed a maintenance contract with Teekay Shipping, one of the world’s largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies.
The new engine management concept (EMC) contract is for the maintenance of the Oak Spirit, Creole Spirit and Torben Spirit, sisters from Teekay’s 173 400-m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier series. The agreement covers the provision of spare parts maintenance management and the servicing of each vessel’s two 5G70ME-GI (-gas injection) dual-fuel main engines.
“This agreement is significant in that it is the first market agreement that PrimeServ has clinched involving our dual-fuel, two-stroke ME-GI engines,” said Jeffrey Ang, head of CoC – Engines & Marine Systems, Asia Pacific – MAN Diesel & Turbo. “Furthermore, with Teekay nominating us as their preferred service provider, this contract will undoubtedly add momentum to our efforts to expand the EMC’s reach within the gas-engine segment.”
According to the terms of the contract, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Copenhagen, will deliver maintenance management and spare parts, while MAN Diesel & Turbo, Shanghai, will take care of the service provision for the engines.
Jens Seeberg, head of Retrofit & Upgrade, and Engine Management, further praised the cooperation between the two geographically diverse PrimeServ entities that facilitated the drawing up of the final agreement and called the close relationship between the locations in PrimeServ’s global organisation and its headquarters “an essential prerequisite for the EMC concept’s success.”
MAN said the EMC is a tailor-made service model that is customized to suit each individual customer’s special requirements. Operating on a fixed budget, MAN PrimeServ takes care of equipment, planned and unplanned maintenance, the dispatching of personnel, and the provision of spare parts—a natural task for the engine designer.
MAN Diesel & Turbo reports the adoption of the EMC by the shipping industry as a paradigm change within maintenance as, traditionally, ship owners have taken care of maintenance themselves in what is generally a conservative industry.
The close cooperation between MAN PrimeServ’s global network means that it can pool common resources and exchange knowledge, and is able to offer customers a considerably higher level of service than individual PrimeServ hubs would otherwise be able to, the company said.