Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions and services, opens new workshop facilities in Helsinki, Finland. The new facilities enable Wärtsilä to offer a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times. Operations in Helsinki began in the beginning of August 2011.
“The new workshop is strategically located near the main shipping routes and this, together with its efficient storage arrangements, will significantly enhance our service capacity. For customers with maintenance agreements, the added component storage will reduce transportation and travel costs, and ensure prompt response times for vessels operating in the Baltic area,” says Christoph Vitzthum, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.
The new workshop, located in Vuosaari Harbour in Eastern Helsinki, covers an area of 1150 square metres and is equipped with 5 and 12.5 tonne overhead cranes, advanced machining equipment, fuel injection system component overhaul tools and testing devices, and the latest technology service tools. Services offered include full workshop operations for engines and propulsion systems, as well as the servicing of mechanical and electrical equipment onboard vessels of all types. The new workshop has also its own transport vehicles to secure fast response capability.
The demands placed on the supply of service and maintenance operations are very high in Finland and the Baltic Sea area. This is a result of the increasing awareness of, and focus on environmental aspects, for example through initiatives such as the Baltic Sea Action Group which Wärtsilä supports. Ship owners and vessel operators expect high quality and efficient services with a minimal environmental footprint.
This new workshop complements greatly Wärtsilä’s workshop services throughout the Baltic Sea region. Wärtsilä has service workshops also in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania and Estonia and a new workshop was opened in Gdansk, Poland, in May 2011.
Vuosaari Harbour, part of the Port of Helsinki, has extensive ro-ro and container facilities with expanding commercial activities, and is Finland’s primary channel for imports and exports. Occupying premises located within the harbour zone, the new workshop will operate in parallel with Wärtsilä’s existing workshop facilities in Vaasa on the country’s west coast.
Services is one of the three Wärtsilä’s businesses alongside Ship Power and Power Plants. Wärtsilä Services offers services to both the global marine and energy markets and operates the most extensive service network in the industry. The company’s extensive portfolio of services includes spare parts and field services, as well as servicing of engines, propulsion systems, electrical and automation systems, and boilers. It also covers environmental services and solutions, upgrades and conversions, long-term agreements for engine and propulsion systems, as well as training services. Wärtsilä’s services business is also in the forefront in developing new service concepts to meet customer needs for optimal operational efficiency. Wärtsilä Services operates some 70 fully owned workshops and employs over 11,000 services professionals.
For further information, please contact:
Director Services Unit, Baltic and Black Sea
Wärtsilä Finland Oy
Tel. +358 40 725 1700
Media Officer, Media & Stakeholder Relations
Tel. +358 40 5161343
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2010, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with more than 17,500 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.