Wärtsilä strengthens its ship design services in Brazil

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 15 October 2009 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä, the leading ship power systems integrator, has strengthened its presence within the Brazilian maritime industry by incorporating Wärtsilä Ship Design into Wärtsilä’s Brazilian operations. A full range of local engineering services will now be available to shipowners, offshore operators and shipyards in Brazil. Customers will now also be able to benefit from Wärtsilä’s technological developments in ship’s propulsion, power generation and advanced service concepts.

Wärtsilä Ship Design in Brazil is an integrated part of the company’s global ship design organisation, which already has major hubs in Europe and Asia. Wärtsilä Ship Design in Brazil will generate new designs, ranging from low-cost, standard vessels to high-end, ground-breaking tonnage for the most demanding applications. Wärtsilä Ship Design will provide a broad and high quality offering of ship design services to its Brazilian customers, with the capability to give full design scope basis offers.

“The Brazilian marine industry stands to benefit from our combination of local presence and global expertise, the possibility to execute all design contracts through Wärtsilä Brazil, and the experience and support generated by our ship design offices worldwide. It is our goal to establish Wärtsilä Ship Design in Brazil as an independent ship designer, one that will be the Brazilian customer’s first choice,” says Arne Birkeland, Vice President, Ship Design of Wärtsilä Ship Power.

The Brazilian offshore industry has recorded impressive growth performance, and Wärtsilä is aligning the local capacity and scope of its organisation accordingly. The ship design organisation is fully owned by Wärtsilä and will have all the licenses needed to operate as an engineering services provider in Brazil. The company will employ an adequate number of chartered engineers and designers to meet the level of work being developed locally, and in line with local industry requirements.

“Wärtsilä’s long term ambition is to create proven designs with predefined solutions and operational services, along with performance guarantees and fixed prices. This can include comprehensive services to ship owners, such as shipyard selection, drawings approval, and new building supervision. To shipyards we offer detailed design and engineering support during the construction phase,” Birkeland explains.

Wärtsilä Ship Power offers competitive integrated solutions and services that will lead to better total efficiency, improved environmental performance, and reduced life cycle costs for its customers.

Wärtsilä Brazil was founded in 1990 and currently employs more than 500 people,

For further information, please contact.

Mr Arne Birkeland
Vice President, Ship Design
Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +47 97715013

Media contact:
Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager, PR and Marketing Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com


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.