Caterpillar dealers EPSA Australia and Pon Power of the Netherlands are cooperating to support new build and maintenance of marine engines and generators to exceed the requirements of the owners of Damen vessels in Australia.
In July representatives from both EPSA Australia and Pon Power toured Australia with a Damen trade delegation aimed at developing partnerships for the upcoming SEA 1180 OPV program with Defence. One of the highlights of the successful week was the visit to Damen’s brand new Multi-Role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV), the MV Sycamore that will provide specialized training support to the RAN for the next 30 years.
Damen and Pon Power have been working together since 1969 and many Damen vessels are equipped with Caterpillar engines. In Australia, more than 100 Damen vessels equipped with Caterpillar propulsion engines and generator sets are in operation, including the MATV.
EPSA and her partner Australian Cat dealers will coordinate the sustainment of the Caterpillar equipment onboard Damen vessels, ensuring maximum availability and increased reliability while simultaneously minimizing operating cost.
Pon Power and EPSA is a fine example of the benefits of 2-way technology transfer as they continuously work together to share best practices and lessons learnt. The two organizations continue to cooperate and have further training and sharing of know-how planned. EPSA, with continued cooperation from Pon Power, is prepared to support Damen’s Offshore Patrol Vessel fleet, with a growing and skilled Australian workforce who are ready to expertly guide installation and sustainment of the necessary Caterpillar equipment.
Reliability and low operating cost are key aspects for Caterpillar. In partnership with EPSA we ensure that the Caterpillar engines perform according to the owner’s expectation, even when operating in a rough maritime environment or when dealing with different fuel quality levels.
About Pon Power
Pon Power B.V. is an operating company of the Pon family concern and official dealer for Caterpillar engines and power systems in the Netherlands since 1926. Pon Power is a market leader in energy solutions built on Caterpillar engines as reliable power source. With extensive knowledge of its markets Pon Power delivers more than an engine or generator alone. It offers expert advice tailored to the customer’s needs, fast service via the worldwide Caterpillar service network, and a range of related product and maintenance services.
Caterpillar is a world leader in heavy-duty construction and mining equipment, diesel and gas engines, industrial turbines, generator sets and heat-power installations. For more information on Pon Power go to: pon-cat.com/scheepvaart.