Head of Service Station, Central Africa Area of ABB Turbo Systems AG, Pascal Blaise-Mooh, on Friday urged Nigerian marine engineers to seek more knowledge about turbochargers.
Blaise-Mooh made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
A turbocharger is a device driven by exhaust gases which increases engine power by pumping air into the combustion chambers.
He said that almost 75 per cent of an engine’s mechanical power output was attributable to its turbocharger which helped in making gas engines and cogeneration plants more efficient than ever.
He said that turbochargers would enable engines to be more effective and reduce hazards in ship operations. Turbocharger is a product which is installed on engines, mounted on engines to multiply the power of engines.
“So is a very environmentally good product. And I think we need to service in Nigeria so we’ve been trying to get some contacts with its salesmen. We have a service station near to Nigeria. We’ve educated the people that can do a good job here in Nigeria. In import or offshore or where ever you need people for doing service on turbochargers,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Karl Stucheli, Senior Manager, ABB Turbo Systems AG, said that Turbochargers would make ships available for duties.
“We have a full complement locally to fully support them in terms of maintenance; mainly preventive maintenance to avoid this kind of breakdown. In case of breakdown, we are here also for pro-active maintenance. Think this will be a good impact in making the ships available for the duties they will be assigned for. This is how we want to support the Nigerian marine sector. Our plan is to invest locally here in Lagos for a service station with on hand a Nigerian service engineer to be ready to support the maritime sector. The benefit is for example they should know they can have spare parts directly from the product manufacturer; we are the manufacturer. For spare parts, for example, they can get directly from us. This will be cheap.
“Also, they can benefit with very shut-down time when there is a problem. And also the benefit can be to avoid the down-time (outage duration) of engine by doing pro-active maintenance of engine,” he said.
He said that officials of the company would be visiting Lagos and other ports in the country to train marine engineers on the importance of turbochargers.
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