AEGIR-Marine’s new repair shop: bigger, better
AEGIR-Marine considerably expands its in-house repair capacity for ship components, such as thrusters and propulsion systems. The company is currently building new accommodation in Wijk bij Duurstede, the Netherlands. The new building, adjacent to the existing one, will house a new state of the art work and fully equipped repair shop. In this way, AEGIR- Marine will be able to deal with the growing demand for repair services in the maritime industry. The opening is due on 1 July 2017.
With its new repair shop AEGIR-Marine joins the ranks of the major players in this field. At present, the repair shop of the c company has a maximum lifting capacity of ten tons and the crane has a maximum height of six meters. The new location however, allows the overhaul of ship components up to fifty tons. The height under the new crane is a whopping 12.5 meters. The new building is fifteen meters high in total. Additionally, AEGIR-Marine is able to perform spin tests at this new location. This means running and simulating propeller and thruster speeds in real time.
AEGIR-Marine employs 42 specialized engineers worldwide; in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North and South America. The new repair shop will be staffed by a coordinating engineer, who can draw flexibly from a pool of fifteen propulsion specialists and thirteen seal specialists.
Martin Visser, Service Director AEGIR-Marine: "We notice that ship-owners demand a one-stop-shop. Part of that service is the in-house overhaul of propulsion systems. We are now able to meet the growing demand for repair services in the maritime industry.”
Engineers of AEGIR-Marine travel all over the world to disassemble propulsion systems of ships to repair them. Ships are docked, for instance, in Shanghai, Singapore or the Bahamas. They replace a propulsion system with a new one when it is vital for a ship’s operational capabilities. The broken part will be put on transport to the Rotterdam harbor and then by truck to Wijk bij Duurstede. A propulsion system can weigh up to fifty tons. After it is repaired, it will be transported back to the shipyard and if necessary, reinstalled in the ship by AEGIR-Marine engineers.
Visser: "This might seem a devious process. And of course, a lot of work is done on the ship yards themselves. But sometimes units are so damaged that they cannot be repaired within the scheduled period or on the ship yard because the right equipment is lacking. Then putting it on transportation is in fact more cost efficient. The alternative would be expensive and labor intensive. We would have to fly in our engineers for weeks and also big and costly equipment. Now with our new in-house repair shop, our engineers can work in perfect conditions and there is no need for long hours.”