Feb 6, 2023 | Marine propulsion & machinery news

Accelleron Turbo Systems (Hong Kong) has signed a Turbo MarineCare agreement with Associated Maritime (Hong Kong), for the long-term provision of turbocharging servicing for 10 A175-L turbochargers on five AMCL operated vessels. 

AMCL is both the owner of the largest VLCC fleet in China and manager of what is considered the world’s leading VLCC fleet. The company was one of the forerunners in introducing VLCCs to the Asia-Pacific region. The deal represents the first time a company under the China Merchants Group has signed a long-term turbocharger servicing agreement with Accelleron and signifies the first step in a strategic business partnership between the two companies.

Under the agreement, Accelleron will provide fixed-price turbocharger servicing using original spare parts with continuous warranty for a duration of five years to ensure the safe operation of the vessels. AMCL will gain access to Accelleron’s intuitive digital platform, Loreka which provides users with 24/7 access to easy-to-interpret fleet-wide turbocharger health indicators with accompanying advisories provided by Accelleron.

Ship operators are under increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and emissions. As such, safeguarding the reliability of the ship’s machinery and preventing costly vessel downtime is a top priority, alongside having financial predictability. Through the new Turbo MarineCare Agreement, Accelleron will provide peace of mind with guaranteed turbocharger servicing coverage, inclusive of all spare parts, labour, and transport, based on a fixed service agreement price. This removes fluctuations in lifetime turbocharger maintenance cost by eliminating the risk of unexpected expenses arising during a service event.

Under Turbo MarineCare, AMCL will have a single point of contact at Accelleron who will coordinate all maintenance activities, with only one purchase order and invoice issued for each servicing event. This will significantly reduce the administrative burden for AMCL.

According to AMCL, ensuring the continuous uptime of its fleet is of immense importance, and with the service offered by Accelleron aligned with AMCL’s business objectives of protecting vessel uptime and digitalisation, the digital platform will monitor the health status of all turbochargers under contract and ensure that turbocharger maintenance events are proactively undertaken under Accelleron’s guidance.

Jin-woo Seong, GM Accelleron Turbo Systems (Hong Kong) said; “Although contractually this is a deal forged between supplier and customer, the relationship between Accelleron and AMCL is more like a business partnership. We are honoured to provide our turbocharging maintenance service to AMCL vessels for the first time, with a shared vision between Accelleron and AMCL and a strong relationship. We hope that this is a long-lasting business partnership and the fleet size under the maintenance agreement with Accelleron expands even further in the future.”

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