Wärtsilä and BW Gas sign training contract

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 26 February 2007 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation and the Norwegian gas transportation company BW Gas ASA of Oslo signed a contract in January 2007 for the training of BW Gas personnel. The contract is for two years.

The training courses provided under this contract are tailored to the specific requirements of BW Gas to cover the specific operational and performance aspects of the ships in the BW Gas fleet. The objective is to give ships’ personnel and shore management a sound basis for cost-efficient, safe and reliable operation of the company’s ships.

It is intended that the training courses go beyond the usual practical training for various ship systems and equipment to transfer knowledge about engine performance and operation philosophy in order to ensure optimum operation of the ships’ plants. One of the objectives is thus to create a basis for long-term successful operation of the ships as part of the BW Gas business. This long-term view is part of Wärtsilä’s philosophy of providing lifetime support to customers, not just on engines, technology and equipment but also with respect to human resources’ aspects.

The training courses will be provided by Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy (WLSA) to ships’ crews, superintendents and other shore personnel. There will be some 300 people from BW Gas taking part in the courses. They work on the 72 ships that are owned or part-owned by BW Gas. The courses will be provided at different WLSA training centres, whichever are the most convenient for BW Gas.

WLSA has principal training centres in Turku in Finland, in Subic Bay in the Philippines, and in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, USA. These centres provide a wide range of courses, extending from basic off-the-shelf, standard product courses to the full range of maritime training in connection with competence and career management. Among the centres’ comprehensively facilities are ship-handling simulator bridges, as well as top-of-the-line engine room simulators, cargo-handling simulators, and steam and gas simulators, all ideal for thorough hands-on training. The simulators can even be connected for full ship operation simulation. In addition to well-equipped classrooms, there are workshops for practical training on engines, propulsion equipment, marine high-voltage electrical equipment, engine room ancillary equipment and control systems.

BW Gas is a leading global provider of marine gas transportation services. BW Gas is the largest owner and operator of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) carriers and one of the largest independent owners and operators of LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers. BW Gas owns, part-owns or operates a fleet of 101 vessels (including newbuildings) having a combined capacity of some 7.2 million cubic metres. Since 2000, BW Gas has ordered 11 LNG newbuildings.

Related material: http://wlsa.wartsila.com/


Media contact:
Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
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e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
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Notes to the editor:
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 14,000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä locations in close to 70 countries around the world.