Turkey’s increasing market share in the shipbuilding and repair sectors has led ACO Marine to appoint Istanbul-based ESKO Marine as its agent for the region.

ACO Marine, a global leader in wastewater management solutions, has seen a shift in focus from Far Eastern yards to Turkish yards for some projects as shipowners look to benefit from cost efficiencies and shorter lead times.

Mark Beavis, Managing Director, ACO Marine, said: “Turkey’s expertise in maritime services has been growing rapidly in recent years and this is a trend set to continue. As Chinese, South Korean and Japanese orderbooks grow, lead times and production costs are increasing. The industry is therefore increasingly looking to Turkey as an alternative. We are seeing a lot of interest in our services across the region.”

ESKO Marine’s technicians will be trained to install ACO Marine’s range of wastewater management solutions. All the agent’s technicians will also be sent to ACO Marine’s facility in Czech Republic to ensure that their understanding of the equipment and how it is installed is of the same high standard as ACO Marine’s own technicians.

Beavis said: “As a well-established company with a proven track record in ship repair and survey work, ESKO Marine is a natural partner for us.”

ACO Marine’s systems are fitted either during the newbuild process, when they are incorporated into the overall design of the vessel, or retrofitted when older systems need upgrading or replacing. Turkey’s growing number of shipbuilding and repair yards targeting the tankers, superyachts and fishing vessel sectors, makes it an ideal location from which to supply ACO Marine’s portfolio of products.

Erhan Esinduy, Managing Director, ESKO Marine, said: “It is vital that wastewater management systems on ships have the relevant approvals and are installed correctly in order to comply with international regulation and regional legislation. ESKO Marine and ACO Marine’s combined experience allows shipowners and operators to feel confident that their equipment is meeting and exceeding these rules.”

Turkey has a long maritime history and is strategically located on the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean seas. Over the past 20 years, Turkey’s maritime shipbuilding exports have increased and in recent years have diversified. According to an OECD report, Turkish shipbuilding is regularly listed in the top ten based on ships’ deadweight and top five by the number of ships.

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