Frank Wentzler, Senior Manager
Accelleron Press Release. Accelleron has supported a turbocharger overhaul on the hospital ship MV Africa Mercy, operated by non-governmental organization Mercy Ships. The support, in the form of discounted labor, will enable the vessel to continue its mission of delivering free medical care and training to people without access to safe surgery, including in some of the world’s most vulnerable developing economies.
The 43-year-old vessel, which houses five operating rooms and a recovery ward for more than 80 patients, was drydocked at DORMAC Shipyard in Durban, South Africa following its most recent deployment. Accelleron engineers serviced four main engine VTR320 turbochargers.
Accelleron’s support will reduce the cost burden on a charity providing vital services to communities that need it most, especially in Africa. Crewed by volunteer staff, Mercy Ships partners with each host nation’s health ministries to offer free surgeries and post-operative care, reducing the burden of unmet surgical needs. Africa Mercy is one of two hospital ships run by the organization and has been serving communities around Africa since 2007.
The scheduled maintenance of Accelleron turbochargers ensure that the Africa Mercy's propulsion engines always run efficiently. Accelleron’s service and support is a direct contribution to maintenance thereby also supporting the Africa Mercy voyages to our field service destinations. The new corporate partnership with Mercy Ships is part of Accelleron’s extensive and growing portfolio of projects that aim to support people and communities in need. This year the company will contribute to around 15 community projects worldwide, with the aim of growing that number to more than 100 over the next two years.