MaK Middle East LLC, a Caterpillar company established in Dubai in 2017, has re-stated its aim to continue to provide spare parts and maintain MaK engines on vessels in the Middle East, no matter their vintage
The MaK M25 series of engines was a popular choice for small tankers of a certain vintage. Many of these tankers continue to be active in the fleets of operators in the Middle East, and the local Caterpillar dealer has reinforced its commitment to supply spare parts and maintenance for the vessels.
The company’s managing director of MaK Middle East and MaK Asia, Alan Naisby, said “Our goal is always to satisfy MaK vessel owners, regardless of the age of their engines, as we believe a positive ownership experience will result in the repeat selection of a MaK-powered vessel."
"With a large number of MaK powered vessels in the MENA region exceeding 25 years of age, MaK Middle East, the factory direct parts and service arm of parent Caterpillar Motoren is now pleased to announce the next level of ‘legacy’ engine support,” he said.
The legacy engines include the 9-cylinder version of the M25 series popular in tankers that are sill trading in the region. There are also M32 engines in higher-horsepower offshore support vessels and tankers, M43 engines in cargo applications and DF46 engines fitted in cruise ships. Scattered across the region are vessels with MaK engines dating back to the 1980s and 1990s, including 332, 452, 453, 551, 552, and 601 models.
Mr Naisby noted that MaK Middle East had an advantage over other suppliers.
“As a Caterpillar company and an affiliate of the manufacturer of MaK engines, MaK Middle East has a unique ability to refer to our factory product drawings to support the service needs of customers with older MaK engines," he said.
"In tandem with this reference library, our service engineers through daily exposure to MaK and only MaK engines of all models, have built up a familiarity and expertise that cannot be gained by only occasional exposure to MaK ‘Legacy’ engines. In summary we have deep expertise in what have become low volume, rarely seen engines.”
Within the Middle East, there are around 20 tankers between the size of 3,000 dwt and 15,000 dwt that have MaK engines, the oldest tanker having been built in 1982 in Finland, according to shipping data provider VesselsValue.
MaK Middle East has made investments as part of Caterpillar’s strategic goal of doubling its manufacturing, energy and transportation services revenue by 2026. To date the company has invested in assets and skills in Dubai to establish its parts and service capability, including engine and turbocharger machine tools, inventory, and factory training for technicians and engineers. Mr Naisby said, “The support of our parent corporation, Caterpillar, has been instrumental in supporting our investment in this region.”
This includes transplanting services and personnel from other regions. Mr Naisby said that “By transferring Caterpillar employees from the UK and Singapore operations into our Middle East hub, we were able to elevate our technical service offering and have been able to strategically build on this success as we look towards the future.” Inaugurated last year, MaK Middle East’s DMC service workshop operation has been central in its ability to reach customers.