Marine Log

December 22, 2006

Wartsila to expand Brazil workshop

Wartsila is to invest Euros 1.2 million in its services workshop in Manaus, Brazil.

The investment covers the construction of a new workshop and the purchase of new equipment to meet regional demand.

"We want to expand our offering in the northern part of the country and to do this we are investing in machinery, equipment and human resources. In Manaus and the Amazon the roads of the region are its rivers, through which approximately 30,000 small, medium and large ships sail every year. We provide service for many of these vessels," says Marcos Macedo, Wartsila Services Manager in Manaus.

"We also carry out service on almost 600 MW of Wartsila power plants in the region as well as providing industrial maintenance for companies in the Industrial District. As our client base grows, we want to be even closer to our customers, offering faster and more qualified services," Macedo says.

The expansion will triple the existing facilities, giving a total of 3,500 square meters for the existing and new services.

"We will further expand our automation and instrumentation services" says Tomas Hakala, President of Wartsila in Brazil.

"During 2006 we also received full Operations & Maintenance contracts for three power plants in Manaus. Our new workshop will be centrally responsible for all the operational functions, as well as component maintenance and the administration of the power plants," he continued.

The existing workshop already provides tooling, repairs and maintenance for propulsion and automation and electrical equipment for vessels, platforms and power plants.

Wartsila in Brazil also provides on-site maintenance services.

In addition to the physical expansion of the Services workshop, Wartsila also plans to recruit more technical personnel for different positions in the next few months to meet the increase in business volume.

Wartsila has an installed base of over 100 ships and vessels in Brazil including oil tankers, tugboats and pushers, and also platforms and naval installations. Wartsila also has more than 850 MW power plants installed or on order in Brazil.