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ABB AND VAN OORD UPGRADE DREDGER TURBOCHARGERS AND SIGN SERVICE AGREEMENT

ABB AND VAN OORD UPGRADE DREDGER TURBOCHARGERS AND SIGN SERVICE AGREEMENT

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 

Dutch dredging company Van Oord has signed a three-year agreement with ABB Turbocharging to provide fleetwide maintenance and optimisation services, as two Van Oord vessels receive the first turbocharger upgrades of their kind in the dredger sector, intended to save thousands of tons in fuel and carbon emissions over the next decade.

The service agreement, which marks more than 30 years of cooperation between Van Oord and ABB Turbocharging, will help minimise lifecycle costs and improve emissions across the fleet. As well as offering full technical support and access to the latest turbocharger technologies and digital solutions, ABB Turbocharging will provide maintenance planning and budget control based on a 10-year strategic outlook.

Jorn Bertens, Category Manager Ship Management, Van Oord, said: “With fleet renewal underway and the IMO 2030 target approaching, we are jointly searching for continuous improvements in sustainability.”

Andre Kreemer, Responsible Fleet Manager, Van Oord, added: “Technical support is more important than ever as we introduce new engine technologies to our fleet, and we are pleased to extend this cooperation with a trusted partner.”

Ron Vlasblom, GM Turbocharging Benelux, ABB Turbocharging said: “Turbocharger maintenance and upgrades play an important role in keeping vessels operating at optimal efficiency. Multi-year agreements give extra certainty and a long view that you cannot get when working on an ad hoc basis. This is the third such agreement we have signed with Van Oord and we are delighted to have earned their trust over our many years of working together.”

Van Oord’s largest trailing suction hopper dredging vessel was the first dredger to receive an upgrade to ABB’s TPL-A turbochargers. A similar upgrade will be performed on a second large dredger. The two upgrades are projected to save thousands of tons in fuel and carbon emissions over the next decade. The TPL turbocharger component upgrade consists of improvements to several key components, including new compressor wheel and diffuser designs, improved turbine and nozzle ring, and optimised low friction bearings. As well as fuel savings, the reduction in exhaust gas temperatures improves reliability, resulting in lower maintenance costs and downtime.

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