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Wärtsilä Supports Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) Mission

Posted on February 10, 2010

Wärtsilä is supporting the Baltic Sea Action Group in its rescue mission to save the Baltic Sea. As a business with operations in the Baltic Sea, and being engaged in developing a range of environmental solutions, Wärtsilä has announced their commitment to implementing three promises:

1. For five vessels operating in the Baltic Sea on a continuous basis, Wärtsilä will offer free of charge a Pollution Free Shaft Seal for the main propeller shafts when they install a Wärtsilä Scrubber. 2. Wärtsilä will establish a Consultancy Service Concept for charterers, shipowners, classification societies, authorities and other stakeholders in order to increase environmental understanding, and to provide measurable methods for reducing overall pollution from ship operations in the Baltic Sea. 3. Wärtsilä will include extensive Environmental Training in the company's Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy training centers. These courses will target ship operators, shipping management companies and crew members in order to increase their environmental awareness.

With approximately 2000 vessels currently navigating the Baltic Sea at any given moment, and with traffic expected to increase to around 3500 vessels by 2015, the Wärtsilä seal can prevent literally thousands of liters of oil from seeping into the seawater.

By providing consultancy services and training courses around its core expertise in the reduction of water and air emissions, Wärtsilä aims to increase general awareness concerning environmental requirements and available solutions.

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