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Wärtsilä opens Service Centre in Murmansk - a growing transport hub in the Barents Sea area

Oct. 16, 2009 - Wärtsilä has today opened a Service Centre in Murmansk, Russia to serve the rapidly growing number of vessels in northern waters. The Service Centre demonstrates Wärtsilä's commitment to expand in line with the increasing marine activity in the Barents Sea region. To emphasise the importance of co-operation, Wärtsilä's CEO and President, Ole Johansson and the Governor of the Murmansk Oblast region of Russia, Dmitry Vladimirovich Dmitrienko, jointly signed a document of goodwill.

Being the only year-round ice-free port in north western Russia, Murmansk is rapidly being developed as a major transport hub. It is also the operational centre for the development of the vast Shtokman gas condensates field. The port is home to more than 20 maritime companies, and is attracting an increasing number of international companies to the region.

"Local presence and availability are of utmost importance in assuring efficient customer support. The new Service Centre in Murmansk is a further step in our strategy to continuously develop our unique worldwide service network," says Christoph Vitzthum, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.


Full range of sales and service support

The Wärtsilä Murmansk Service Centre provides a full range of sales and support services for all local marine and offshore customers. The service capacity will enable Wärtsilä to offer more efficient and fully focused support to the growing fleet of merchant vessels, offshore vessels, offshore platforms, and offshore facilities in the region.

The Murmansk Service Centre covers an area of 280 m2 and includes both workshops and offices. The Service Centre offers overhauling of main and auxiliary marine engines, as well as maintenance and repairs of ancillary equipment, pipework, electrical equipment, ship automation systems, and other equipment.

The Murmansk service workshop is being staffed initially with 15 employees, but this number is expected to increase in the near future. The majority of employees are being hired locally. They will be trained both at the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy in Finland, and on site according to Wärtsilä's global standards.


Photo: /left to right/ Mr Vladimir Chizhov, Murmansk Branch Director, Wärtsilä in Russia, Mr Ole Johansson, Mr Ole Johansson, President and CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation; Ms Larisa Shamina, Services Manager Assistant and Mr Dmitry Firsov, President, Wärtsilä in Russia

 


For Further information, please call:


Mr Atte Palomaki, Group Vice President,
Communications & Branding, Wartsila Corporation,
Tel. +358-405476390,
Email: atte.palomaki@wartsila.com

Mr Dmitry Firsov, President, Wartsila in Russia
Tel: +7 (812) 448 3248
Email: dmitry.firsov@wartsila.com


2009-10-19

Please see Wärtsilä Corporation /Wärtsilä Vostok, LLC (WRU)/ company electronic office

For more information, please contact:
Mirja-Maija Santala
Media Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel. +358 (0)400 793 827
E-mail: mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com 

Wärtsilä Vostok, LLC (WRU)
Tel/Fax: +7 812 448-32-48
E-mail:
office.spb@wartsila.com  

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