Wärtsilä signs major training contract with Dutch ship owner Wagenborg

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 11 January 2010 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has signed a three-year training contract with its long-time customer Wagenborg Shipping of the Netherlands. The agreement covers the training of more than 830 of the shipping company’s crew members, and will be held at Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy training centres. The training provided by Wärtsilä consists of about 70 courses a year. The programme includes product specific instruction on diesel engines and propulsion systems, as well as customised training in electrical engineering, navigation, hydraulics and pneumatics.

Wärtsilä’s Land & Sea Academy organisation operates globally in ten locations, which are the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, India, South Korea, Philippines, USA and Brazil. The Land & Sea Academy provides customised training programmes for Wärtsilä´s customers and technical product instruction for Wärtsilä employees. In all, some 10,000 people are trained annually at these facilities.

“General strategic analyses indicate that the number of different nationalities and cultures on vessels will likely increase in the future. Given these facts, Wagenborg will benefit from a partner who is able to provide a wide range of both practical and theoretical dedicated training programmes at various locations around the world. Most importantly, these training programmes will, regardless of time or place, guarantee the same standard and level of tuition. Wagenborg has found such a partner in the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy,” says Mr Cees Horvers, General Manager, Wagenborg Shipping, Manning Department.

Wagenborg Shipping employs more than a thousand seamen on its vessels. They come not only from the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, but from various parts of the world. Currently the company has more than 20 nationalities represented, including some from China, and recently also Vietnam.

Wagenborg Shipping has more than 150 vessels of various types, including a fleet for the transportation of forestry products. Many of the Wagenborg vessels are equipped with Wärtsilä engines and propulsion systems. The company’s selection of the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy as its preferred training provider was based on the company’s long-standing relationship with Wärtsilä, and the high volume of Wärtsilä products on board its vessels.

The Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy customer training programmes are designed mainly for the operation and maintenance of products delivered by Wärtsilä. Additionally, more general courses on subjects, such as safety management and nautical training, are also offered. The Land & Sea Academy courses are all run by certified professional instructors.

The training programmes for Wagenborg Shipping will consist of 4 to14 day modules concentrating on a particular product or product competence. The training programme will be delivered through the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academies in the Netherlands and Philippines.

Related information:
Press Release, 9 April 2009:  Wärtsilä expands services offering in the Netherlands 

Read more about Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy at: www.wartsila.com/wlsa

For further information, please contact:

Mr Gert van Doorn
Communications Director, Benelux
Wärtsilä Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)6 57577702

Ms Tuula Franck
Senior Manager, External Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 400 267555

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 2008, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with 19,000 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.