Wärtsilä and Becker optimise propulsion systems

14 Dec 2006

Wärtsilä in Finland and the German company Becker Marine Systems have entered into a co-operation agreement on the optimization of ship propulsion systems.

Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems has annual net sales of EUR 50 million and is the leading supplier of high-performance rudders of all profiles and sizes, as well as related systems. More than 100 professionals work at Becker offices in Germany, the UK, Norway and China.

The aim of the co-operation is to develop and market optimized propeller-rudder systems that will save energy, enhance crew and passenger comfort, and ensure maximum manoeuvrability of coastal and seagoing vessels. These newly combined propulsion and manoeuvring systems will be marketed and sold under the well established Wärtsilä brand.

Both companies will keep their commercial independence and continue to market their traditional products individually. The agreement marks the start of joint development combining the hydrodynamic and constructional capabilities of both companies.

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