New Wärtsilä service shop in Finland

09 Aug 2011

Wärtsilä has opened new workshop facilities in Helsinki, Finland. The company says that the new facilities enable it to offer a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times.

The new workshop, in Vuosaari Harbour in Eastern Helsinki, covers an area of 1150m2 and is equipped with 5- and 12.5tonne overhead cranes, machining equipment, fuel system overhaul tools and testing devices, and service tools. Services offered include full workshop operations for engines and propulsion systems, as well as the servicing of mechanical and electrical equipment onboard vessels of all types. The new workshop has its own vehicle fleet to provide fast response.

The company says that increasing awareness of, and focus on environmental aspects, has placed increased demands on service and maintenance operations in Finland and the Baltic. This results partly through initiatives such as the Baltic Sea Action Group, which Wärtsilä supports. It hopes to provide shipowners and operators with high quality and efficient services, and a minimal environmental footprint. The workshop complements Wärtsilä's Baltic Sea service network, which includes service centres in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania and Estonia, with a new workshop opened in Poland in May 2011.

"The new workshop is strategically located near the main shipping routes and this, together with its efficient storage arrangements, will significantly enhance our service capacity. For customers with maintenance agreements, the added component storage will reduce transportation and travel costs, and ensure prompt response times for vessels operating in the Baltic area," says Christoph Vitzthum, group vice president, Wärtsilä Services.

Vuosaari Harbour, part of the Port of Helsinki, has ro-ro and container facilities with expanding commercial activities, and is Finland's primary channel for imports and exports. Occupying premises located within the harbour zone, the new workshop will operate in parallel with Wärtsilä's existing workshop facilities in Vaasa on the country's west coast.

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