Why you should choose a workshop focusing on sustainability.
June Skeide Bergseth
March 14, 2023
Reusing parts through reconditioning, smart packaging and thorough sorting of plastic, metal and hazardous waste is important for our company. We have a conscious attitude towards sustainability and how our engine workshop should have the least possible impact on the environment. It also provides a budget gain for repairs, service, and maintenance on our customers behalf.
In the daily work of keeping engines in fishing boats, ferries and well boats running along the coast of Norway, the main focus is making things work. We do not have lofty goals but adhere to common sense and a sustainable attitude towards the environment around us and in the areas we operate.
Most of our business revolves around diesel and oil, so we could easily contribute to emissions to both land and sea. We handle engine parts produced on completely different continents, and the carbon footprint can become unnecessarily large with an unnecessary amount of long-haul transport.
Sustainable methods in the engine workshop
Therefore, we follow established methods and processes that help reduce the environmental footprint. The most important measure is to use a large proportion of used original parts for service and repairs. This is done through reconditioning of engine parts. Components not qualifying for overhaul are recycled through proper channels. Almost all packaging is reused.
These are not the most pioneered contributions to sustainability but should influence the choice of engine workshop for vessels.
Feel free to contact us to discuss service agreement for your engine installation.
The UN has established several sustainable development goals, and our methods and routines follow the principles in these. You can read more on the UN's website THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (un.org)
Reuse of engine parts
Let's take a closer look at the various measures we practice. A number of engine parts can be excellently reused after an overhaul. These include:
The engine manufacturers sell engine parts on an exchange base where you pay an extra sum in “core charge” for the reconditioned part. Once a refurbished component is assembled, and we receive the old engine parts in return, the “core charge” is refunded to your account.
In addition, we operate such reuse in-house by renovating parts you hand in, and we harvest components from wrecked ship engines. All parts go through an overhaul process, so they appear as new original parts before being reassembled in an engine. The cost reduction is significant compared to factory new parts.
The transport benefits of such reuse are important. The big manufacturers have factories in distant parts of the world. Boat and air transport, for example from Mexico entails noticeable carbon emissions, so it provides good environmental benefits by reducing the scope of such transports.
And with the local remanufacturing activity, transportation needs are minimal.
Locally, we have a scheme for reusing packaging. If you send us a part for overhaul, you can be sure we will return it in the same box it came in.
Here you will not find any boxes with our logo. Sometimes we must find a cardboard box from our own supplies warehouse, but mainly we reuse crates and boxes. This noticeably reduces waste during the year.
If reuse is not possible or appropriate, source separation of waste has become a natural part of waste management for most businesses. Plastic, paper, and metal are collected in separate containers. We empty oil- and diesel filters before they are sorted and delivered to reception for special waste.
Our focus is predictable operation and keep engines running. We are conscious of making an honest attempt to take our part of the collective responsibility. Small measures, but important. Many of the methods and processes are accessible and proven, and then we must also know how to use them.
In addition, we put a little extra effort into reusing packaging and overhauling used components local in our workshop. Then we make our contribution to reduce emissions, while we at the same time reduce our customers costs and budgets.