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Wärtsilä Opens Service Center in Murmansk, Russia

Posted on October 16, 2009

Wärtsilä has opened a Service Center in Murmansk, Russia to serve the rapidly growing number of vessels in northern waters. 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 center 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 Center 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.

The Wärtsilä Murmansk Service Center 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 Center 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.

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