Baden, Switzerland, September 4, 2014 – ABB announced that Hapag-Lloyd, one of Germany’s biggest ship owners and operators based in Hamburg, has extended its nine-year Maintenance Management Agreement (MMA) and technical support contract with ABB Turbocharging, the world leader in the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for diesel, gas and dual-fuel engines with power outputs from 500 kW to over 80 MW.
The agreement, covering 253 ABB Turbochargers in 46 vessels across the fleet, is one of the largest between ABB Germany and a marine customer. It supports Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy of lowering costs, boosting fuel efficiency and adhering to the strict environmental regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). ABB’s agreement with Hapag-Lloyd will reinforce its strategy of responding effectively and intelligently to its customers’ need to make a positive, lasting difference in their vessels’ operation.
ABB Turbocharging’s MMA is a servicing arrangement, which aims to optimize the management of turbocharger servicing by reducing the customer’s workload. ABB prepares an annual budget plan, makes advance service recommendations, offers special conditions on new original spare parts based on early ordering and provides a single point of contact for all maintenance, repair and overall matters. Over 150 ABB customers have chosen to cover some 7, 000 turbochargers under an ABB MMA since its launch.
Under the terms of the Hapag Lloyd contract, ABB Turbocharging will continue to work with this longstanding customer to provide a customized maintenance package for the turbochargers on the 46 vessels. This includes planned as well as unplanned service work and spare parts supply, making full use of the round-the-clock availability of ABB’s network of 100 fully-owned Service Stations in over 50 countries.
Fast and easy access to maintenance, repair and overhaul at any ABB Service Station assists in lowering operating costs by keeping installed turbochargers at their peak performance. The MMA encompasses detailed service recommendations around six months before a planned service is due. Hapag-Lloyd was not only the first ABB Turbocharger customer to sign an MMA agreement back in 2005 but also one of the first to introduce turbochargers with a cut-off feature as a means of
considerably reducing operating costs.
“Our focus has always been to ensure safe, cost-effective and reliable turbocharger operation so that Hapag-Lloyd can focus on what is most important of all, namely keeping their business competitive. We are very pleased to be able to continue the long-lasting cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd and to offer the very best standards in turbocharging maintenance, ” says Axel Kettmann, Senior Vice President and global head of sales, marketing and service at ABB Turbocharging.