nomic developments in the area of
digitization and decarbonization.
Based in Montague, Canada, AKA
specializes in shipboard power supply
systems, energy management
and electric propulsion systems.
AKA sets the standard globally
AN Diesel & Turbo has
taken a big step towards
reaching Base Camp
3000+: by investing in Aspin
Kemp & Associates (AKA), MDT is
expanding its position as a system
supplier and responding to ecowhen
it comes to equipping hybrid
marine propulsion systems with
integrated battery storage and supplying
power plants in the offshore oil and
“AKA is a technological trailblazer.
Integrated battery hybrid propulsion
systems boost efficiency and
cut emissions, so they are becoming
increasingly important in the maritime
economy,” Barend Thijssen,
Head of Sales Four-Stoke Engines &
Marine Systems, explains. “The improvement
potential of the individual
components in a marine
propulsion system have been well
and truly exhausted. So we need to
take a step back and look at the system
as a whole. AKA will help us do
this, dynamically, with its highly
specialized expertise and patents
in the area of marine and stationary
electrical engineering,” Barend
It is a win-win situation for both parties.
AKA will benefit from the global
reputation of the MAN Diesel &
Turbo brand, a global sales network
and mechanical engineering expertise.
The collaboration will enable
MDT to expand its portfolio.
“We will gain access to markets
where AKA is very well networked.
AKA’s knowhow combines battery
storage systems, electrical plant
and marine engines. Together, we
can now designand
the entire drive train for dieselelectric
showcase the strengths of our
products to perfection. In consequence,
we will expand our scope
of supply in existing markets and
open up new sales potential,” says
The partners have drawn up a comprehensive
program with a view to
dovetailing their sales activities.
On this basis, MDT will use its partner’s
expertise to develop new
products and bring about system
integration. As Integration Manager,
Dave Samson has the task of ensuring
that collaboration goes
smoothly: “It’s my job to get the
right people talking to each other,
and to check and prioritize inquiries.
The collaboration is working
really well and has already brought
in the first joint project,” says Dave
Samson. A start has been made.
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