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Caterpillar unit launches remote MRO services for vessels

DUBAI, December 17, 2018

Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment, said one of its companies, MaK Middle East, has launched a new programme aimed at providing remote location engine overhauling options to shippers operating in areas such as West Coast of Africa and Caspian Sea.
The company, a direct distributor of Caterpillar’s medium speed engine brands; MaK, CM
and EMD, as well as Napier and KBB turbochargers; has a dedicated workshop facility in Dubai
Maritime City providing engine component overhaul and repair. 
The company also serves as a base for the supply of new spare parts and components used in the repair, maintenance, upgrading and refurbishment of vessel, rig and power plant engines.
As the authorised MaK marine dealer in the Middle East region, the Dubai-based group is also able to provide customers with various MaK factory-certified engine upgrading and conversion options
that not only meet MaK requirements, but also Marine Classification Society and IMO 
Alan Naisby, the managing director of MaK Middle East and MaK Asia, said: "Customer
satisfaction is our highest priority at MaK Middle East. We want customers to be positive about
their current MaK engine experience so they are motivated to specify MaK engines in the next
vessels they buy or build."
"Specifically tailored to customers who can’t afford downtime or who are operating in a remote location without local access to a qualified workshop, we have created an appropriate manufacturer-quality solution, the MaK Service Exchange Program," he stated.
"Covering cylinder heads, fuel pumps, injectors, and turbochargers, all components are rebuilt to
manufacturer standard using new replacement parts to ensure reliability and durability for the
next 15,000 hours," he added.
Naisby said the beauty of the programme was the peace of mind it provided to the vessel operator. 
The combination of factory overhauled components and installation by the manufacturer is a
winning recipe for operators under charter in locations far from a qualified workshop, he stated.
"Customers like the comfort of knowing the integrity of the installed components will help to
avoid engine breakdowns, off-hire time or even the complete loss of a charter," he said.
Cores removed from a vessel are returned to Dubai within 90 days where they are overhauled
and held as service exchange unit inventory ready to support the next customer, explained Naisby. 
In the case of cylinder heads, pumps, and injectors, all wear components are replaced 100 per cent with new to ensure the overhauled component can run problem-free to the next overhaul interval, he stated.
"MaK Middle East has a professional and dedicated service team, which is trained to provide efficient onboard replacement of major components including cylinder heads, fuel pumps, injectors, and turbochargers. Typical time to perform the work on an offshore vessel is around two weeks," he added.-TradeArabia News Service 

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