Marine Log

December 14, 2006

Wartsila and Becker cooperate

Wartsila and Germany's Becker Marine Systems have entered a cooperation agreement on the optimization of ship propulsion systems.

The aim is to develop and market optimized propeller-rudder systems that will save energy, enhance crew and passenger comfort, and ensure maximum maneuverability of coastal and seagoing vessels.

The combined propulsion and maneuvering systems will be marketed and sold under the Wartsila 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.

Becker Marine Systems has annual net sales of EUR 50 million and is a leading supplier of high-performance rudders of all profiles and sizes, as well as related systems.