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At a signing ceremony at the SMM 2016 Marine Trade Fair in Hamburg, MAN Diesel & Turbo expanded its partnership with Mercy Ships, international provider of charitable healthcare.
Under the terms of the agreement, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will provide spare parts for the four MAN 21/31 GenSets and other MAN installations aboard the hospital vessel MV Africa Mercy to an annual value of EUR 250,000.
Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are delighted to take our partnership with Mercy Ships to the next level; this hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, provides crucial medical treatment to some of the world’s most deprived people. Our support of this worthy project reflects our determination to live up to our sense of social responsibility, even in such challenging times as those the global economy is currently experiencing.”
Jens-Erik Engelbrecht, CEO of Mercy Ships Denmark, said: “Mercy Ships, Denmark is proud to create this long-time partnership with MAN Diesel & Turbo after-sales division in Denmark. MAN Diesel & Turbo has over the years generously donated substantial funds to our Africa Mercy maintenance, but this important corporate citizenship and sponsorship agreement allow us to long-time plan. Furthermore, and most importantly, this great support releases funds to the benefit of our patients in some of the poorest countries in the world. It is a privilege for Mercy Ships to develop this partnership with MAN Diesel & Turbo, making Mercy Ships able to extend the work for the forgotten and poor”.
The new agreement, made with the Mercy Ships Danish office, is due to run until the end of 2018, with an option to extend the agreement at that time.
A renewed acquaintance
MAN Diesel & Turbo and Mercy Ships have enjoyed a fruitful partnership for a number of years, starting in 2010 when the engine company delivered four 5L21/31 GenSet engines at a favourable cost to Mercy Ships for the Africa Mercy.
The relationship continued in 2014 when MAN Diesel & Turbo supplied services, spare parts and training for the maintenance of the engines on board the hospital ship.
About Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access to health care, and to reinforce medical capacity building in the area of health care. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.2 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.
The vessel M/V Africa Mercy is a converted Danish rail ferry, built in 1980, and includes a full equipped hospital, hotel facilities for 400 volunteers, who have their home on board, and is a fully operational sea-going vessel, classed as passenger vessel. For more information, see www.mercyships.dk.
Mercy Ships is headquartered in Texas and has 16 national offices distributed internationally, including Denmark.