Tailor-made training courses develop seafarers' competences

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 31 January 2005 at 14:00 UTC+2

A vital element of safety and reliability at sea is a well trained ship’s crew. As a leading shipping company, Odfjell ASA recognises the need for competent seafarers and makes competence training of its ship personnel a high priority.

Odfjell ASA has awarded Wärtsilä a five year contract for seafarers’ skills-training in, the Philippines. This training contract is an extension to the existing two and a half year agreement and it will provide a long-term solution for competence development of Odfjell’s personnel.

Odfjell is a leading company in the global market of transporting and storing of chemicals and related logistical services. The fleet totals approximately 90 ships, trading both globally and regionally, of which more than 50 are owned by the group. Odfjell additionally owns and operates tank terminals.

Odfjell and the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy (WLSA) will together build the training programmes designed to develop and improve the deck, engine and galley departments’ competencies of Odfjell’s personnel. For this training programme, WLSA is also investing in simulator training infrastructure covering ship handling, cargo handling and engine room simulators.

Through this contract Odfjell ASA will have access to specialised training courses and training infrastructure, which are based on their global shipping needs and their personnel’s requirements. Odfjell will also have a full control of the training schedules so they will know how and when and by whom their personnel is being trained.

A significant factor in the contract awarding was that in May 2004 Wärtsilä signed a co-operation agreement with AB Utbildning Sydväst (Sydväst Maritime), a maritime training academy in Turku, Finland, which has created and developed a new ‘one-stop-shop’ for certified training wherein all aspects of nautical proficiency and marine engineering can be provided for.

It is now possible for WLSA to offer around 70 different maritime training courses, including simulator training courses, plus having the ‘value added’ capability to modify the training courses to be based on customers’ specific needs.

Media contact:

Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com

For more information, please contact:

Jari Ullakonoja
Director, Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy
Direct tel: +358 10 709 3252
Direct fax: +358 10 709 3411

Dan Pettersson
Marketing Communications Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 2214
Direct fax: +358 10 709 2422
e-mail: dan.pettersson@wartsila.com  

Notes to the editor: Wärtsilä Corporation Wärtsilä is The Ship Power Supplier for builders, owners and operators of vessels and offshore installations. Our own global service network takes complete care of customers’ ship machinery at every lifecycle stage. Wärtsilä is a leading provider of power plants, operation and lifetime care services in decentralized power generation.

With a worldwide network of 130 offices and workshops in 60 countries providing a service workforce of some 6000 persons, Wärtsilä is able to provide the best possible support for system solutions, equipment maintenance, on time deliveries and even plant operation.

Owners receive measurable benefits such as; optimized availability and performance, productivity gains, cost benefits and above all an assurance that their installation is being serviced by an experienced and proven provider.