Wärtsilä signs seafarer training contract with Norwegian shipping company Odfjell

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

The Norwegian shipping company Odfjell ASA has extended its existing crew training contract with Wärtsilä by five years. Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy (WLSA) will provide competence training for Odfjell’s personnel at its training centre in Subic Bay, the Philippines, to ensure continuous improvement of their seafaring skills.

WLSA, together with Odfjell, will build suitable training programmes for the crews working on Odfjell’s vessels. For this training programme, WLSA is also investing in simulators for training in ship and cargo handling at the Subic Bay training centre.

In May 2004 Wärtsilä signed a co-operation agreement with AB Utbildning Sydväst (Sydväst Maritime), a maritime training academy in Turku, Finland, under which Wärtsilä provides certified training and is authorized to issue official maritime certificates of competence to those passing its courses. This agreement was a major factor in Odfjell’s decision to award Wärtsilä the new contract.

Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy offers around 70 different maritime training courses and it also has the capability to modify its training courses to customers’ specific needs. WLSA has eight training centres worldwide.


Further information: Mr Jari Ullakonoja, Director, Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy, tel. +358 10 709 3252.