MAN Extends Helping Hand to Mercy Ships

By George Backwell
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Africa Mercy: Photo Wiki CCL

MAN Diesel & Turbo says it has donated the equivalent of $115,000 dollars in service, spare parts and training to keep the engines of the hospital ship 'Africa Mercy', operated by Mercy Ships, in top condition to continue its charity work in Africa.

MAN Diesel & Turbo continues its charitable support of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship which provides medical care in African coastal areas to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. In 2010, MAN Diesel & Turbo provided at a significantly discounted cost four new 5L21/31 type on-board power generators to the vessel, to power the floating hospital’s medical equipment.

In the same manner that doctors and staff aboard the vessel perform health checks and hand out medicine when needed, the four-stroke engines, with their characteristic fast pulse, need an occasional health check to ensure a healthy future.

The health check was done in the Las Palmas dry docks on the Canary Islands in July 2014. Three turbochargers were overhauled – with spare parts from MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after sales business unit PrimeServ Four-Stroke Denmark in Holeby, Denmark – and the gensets are now ready to continue to power up the converted Danish rail ferry, built in 1980.

The fourth power generator is planned to be completely overhauled in September when the vessel will be in Benin and the Hospital is in full operation. During the overhaul the superintendent from PrimeServ Academy in Holeby who will supervise the work will also conduct training for the engine crew members.

Africa Mercy has five operating theatres, modern X-ray, computer tomography equipment, a dental practice, a pharmacy and much more. Approximately 400 crew members and their families often live aboard for months at a time, so there are also recreational areas and a school for up to 60 children.

Two propellers drive the floating village around the African continent. They too had a health check. The spare parts for this came from PrimeServ Four-Stroke in Frederikshavn, Denmark, the competence center for our propellers. During the docking service technicians from the local PrimeServ hub in Las Palmas were performing part of the overhauls with the remainder performed by the Africa Mercy crew and dry dock staff.

Poul Knudsgaard, Head of PrimeServ Four-Stroke, said: “I am very happy that our knowledge and service can ultimately help make life better for people in need of medical attention.”

Jens-Erik Engelbrecht, CEO of Mercy Ships Denmark, said: “It is important to Mercy Ships that the Danish companies that built the rail ferry in 1980 continue to support us in her new life as hospital ship. MAN Diesel & Turbo has done so loyally for a number of years now. Expenses for maintenance can instead be spent on patient care. Our next destination is Benin.”
 

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

NAVCENT Commander Recognizes Journey of Hope Sailors

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, Vice Adm. John. W. Miller, recognized the accomplishments of three special-needs sailors from the Kuwaiti ship,

NYK Holds 8th Environmental Management Conference

NYK welcomed about 60 environmental supervisors from 47 NYK Group companies to the group’s annual Environmental Management Conference in Tokyo. NYK holds this

W&O, LESER Partner to Deliver Safety Relief Valves

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has partnered with

Ship Repair & Conversion

A Classic Repower

The tug Falcon was built by Modern Marine Inc. in 1978. In the intervening years, companies that employed her have changed hands a number of times until 2013 when Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore,

Damen to Refit Helix Well Intervention Vessel

After having docked and repaired the MSV Seawell in 2012 and DSV Well Enhancer earlier this year, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) was contracted by Helix UK to

Damen, Palfinger Upgrade North Sea Jack-Up Rig

With the support of Palfinger systems JUMP technology, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen has completed an upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea,

Finance

New Company Takes Over OW Tanker

OW Tanker, a unit of bankrupt OW Bunker and owner of its marine fuel supply ships, has been taken over by a newly-created company, the fleet manager told Reuters on Wednesday.

WRRDA: Clearing the Channel for P3 Projects

A Creative Combination for Financing Inland Waterways Infrastructure Earlier this year, the U.S. maritime industry in general, and the inland waterways industry in particular,

Choosing the Best Financing Proposal

It isn’t always about the rate. In a robust boatbuilding market – like the one we see now – even the most successful, financially stable operators need to borrow.

Marine Power

Wärtsilä Integrated Solutions for Maersk's AHTS Vessels

A new series of six Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels to be built at the Kleven Verft AS in Norway for the Danish based Maersk Supply Service A/S - part of the A.

ClassNK Approves Niigata Dual-fuel Engine Design

Classification society ClassNK has granted approval to the design of the new 28AHX-DF dual-fuel engine developed by Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. The new engine

Karl Senner Inks Distribution Deal with Electronic Power Design

Karl Senner, LLC (KS) has reached a new strategic representation agreement with Electronic Power Design (EPD). Karl Senner, LLC now represents EPD in the United States marine and offshore Markets.

Vessels

MHI Completes Development of "Sayaringo STaGE"

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed development of the "Sayaringo STaGE," a next-generation LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier. The Sayaringo

MacGregor Deck Equipment for Intership's Eco-bulkers

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard in China for Intership Navigation Co Ltd.'s three new 36,500 dwt laker-class bulk carriers.

From Security to Efficiency Modern Vessel Tracking

More so than many other fields of business, the maritime industry is focused on cost, which in turn gives the appearance of being conservative towards technology.

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2213 sec (5 req/sec)