ABB has opened a new marine service centre in Russia to support the company’s ship power, propulsion and automation technologies and expand service capabilities for ice-going vessels.
The new centre is located in Murmansk and occupies 2,000 m2 in a purpose-built facility with its offices, electrical and mechanical testing areas, and a workshop served by overhead gantry cranes. The centre also features a warehouse for Azipod propulsion and electrical spare parts to ensure shortest delivery times.
“With an initial staff of 20, including 12 local field engineers, the new Marine Centre is well positioned to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base, alongside an additional pool of service engineers on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East,” said Sergey Shevchuk, local business manager, ABB Marine & Ports Russia.
The new centre is also going to provide Russian language support to owners within the worldwide ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centres network. Seven global Collaborative Operations Centres connect into shipboard sensors to monitor the equipment onboard and support remote preventive and predictive maintenance as part of ABB’s ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ approach.
In 2009, ABB’s engineers operating from smaller scale service facilities in Murmansk supported 15 vessels featuring the group’s equipment; in 2019, the number of ships has exceeded 50, with projects covering over 100 Azipod propulsion units. The new centre has been developed in response to a growing customer base.
“Opening the Murmansk Marine Service Centre is a truly special moment for ABB in Russia,” stated Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports. “We work relentlessly to ensure that our services meet customer needs and expectations locally. Murmansk becomes the latest facility to join our global network of dedicated service centres that deliver expertise and reliability 24/7, helping manage vessels throughout their lifecycles.”