• 2018 August 21 11:13

    Wärtsilä to build Smart Technology Hub, next-generation innovation and production centre in Finland

    Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. As of 2020, all of Wärtsilä's functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor, the company announces in its press release.

    As a part of the project, Wärtsilä will invest EUR 83 million in modern testing and production technology for the hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of EUR 200 million, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure.

    "Constant renewal is in Wärtsilä's DNA," says Wärtsilä's President & CEO, Jaakko Eskola. "This company was established in 1834 as a sawmill in the village of Värtsilä in Tohmajärvi, and now it is the global leader in smart technology and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The Vaasa Smart Technology Hub represents another generational shift for us – it will bring Wärtsilä's expertise into a whole new realm."

    The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wärtsilä's Smart Marine and Smart Energy visions. The hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime, oil and gas industries, as well as new energy systems.

    "The Smart Technology Hub will become an important part of Wärtsilä's worldwide network of centres of expertise," says Hannu Mäntymaa, Director, R&D and Engineering at Wärtsilä. "By sharing what we have learned in our various units, we will be able to provide our customers with even better products and services. We will develop processes at the Vaasa Smart Technology Hub, which we will be able to deploy in other locations."

    The Smart Technology Hub will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners' campus where research and product development take place together with Wärtsilä's customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.

    "Amazing ideas do not just appear out of thin air," states Vesa Riihimäki, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Finland Oy. "By bringing together experts from different walks of life – both from business and from the university world – we will build an inspiring environment for new creativity."

    Planning of the Smart Technology Hub is well underway, and the new centre will open its doors in Vaskiluoto in 2020. The Vaasa region is already the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic region, and the developing area of Vaskiluoto will further reinforce the region's significance and potential as a global trendsetter. Wärtsilä is the largest private-sector employer in Vaasa with around 3,000 personnel, and the Vaasa unit is Wärtsilä's largest location. Wärtsilä has approximately 400 employees in Turku and almost 500 in Helsinki.

    The Group's transformation into a technology services company has necessitated property investments in smart technology, new working methods and sustainable development throughout the organisation. Alongside the Smart Technology Hub, the most visible renewal projects have included the new business premises in Runsor, Vaasa, and the Wärtsilä Helsinki Campus in Salmisaari, Helsinki, due for completion in the late autumn. The value of these investments is just under EUR 20 million.

    Wärtsilä in brief
    Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2017, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.




2018 November 21

10:56 Nobel laureate will speak at VIII International Forum "Arctic: Today and the Future" with a report on climate change
10:33 Transport Week participants named imperfect regulations the key problem of seaborne transport
10:10 Brent Crude futures price up 1.63% to $63.55, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.7% to $54.34
09:49 SHI receives AiP from LR for INTELLIMAN smart ship solution
09:35 Bunker prices continue decreasing at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,003 points

2018 November 20

18:21 Igor Levitin suggests separating positions of Deputy Transport Minister and head of Rosmorrechflot
18:06 MAN Energy Solutions wins order to supply the engine for a new dredger in southern China
17:53 Workshop aimed at building oil pollution preparedness and response capacity held in the Republic of Guinea
17:36 “K” Line announces delivery of new LPG carrier for Gyxis Corporation
17:18 Atomflot: first delivery of fish by NSR expected in summer-autumn season of 2019
17:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Sideris GS with Berge Bulk
16:47 Rashid Sharipov as Chairman of the Board of Directors NCSP BoD
16:25 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard launched second POSS-115 Project tug
16:04 OOCL announces improvements to Asia – Middle East 1 and Asia – Middle East 3
15:50 Storage area line launched at Vostochny Port’s Phase 3
15:34 New overpass at Maasvlakte 2 opens
15:03 Port of Oakland works to reduce impact of trucks
14:33 The port of Marseille Fos is engaged in reducing shipemissions by developing LNG as a marine fuel
14:03 Teesport Intermodal Rail Terminal celebrates fourth anniversary
13:43 12th Transport of Russia Forum and Exhibition opens in Moscow
13:10 Damen signs with Rimorchiatori Spezzini for two new Damen ASD Tugs 2411
13:02 Bunker prices are going down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:38 CCCC Dredging supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:54 Concession agreement signed for construction of coal terminal “Lavna”
11:30 OOCL introduces the new West Africa Service 2
10:45 Major ASW ship Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet escorts Indian civilian vessel in the Gulf of Aden
10:23 Russian Railways’ BoD makes decision on discounts for cargo transportation in 2019
10:00 Brent Crude futures price down 0.39% to $66.53, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.24% to $57.06
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,023 points
08:51 Valenciaport container vilume increased by 4.78% in the last twelve months
07:51 Klaveness Combination Carriers declares option for sixth combination carrier newbuild

2018 November 19

18:37 IMO holds workshop boosting maritime security in Gulf of Guinea
18:05 MOL conducts tabletop drill for LNG carrier
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to start new Asia – Gulf Service (AGS)
17:43 Busan Port Authority signs Letter of Intent for the Maasvlakte Distribution Park West
17:01 Ocean Network Express expands the partnership of Asia - South America
16:32 BIMCO standard ship repair contracts overhauled
16:05 Port of Hamburg railborne container transport up 4.3 percent in the first nine months of 2018
15:44 FESCO and DB Cargo plan to launch joint transit shipments from China to Europe via Kaliningrad
15:10 Costamare announces the acquisition of the York Capital majority interest in five 14,000 TEU containerships
14:56 Half a billion tones of Kazakhstan oil lifted from CPC Marine Terminal
14:47 Saipem 7000 semi-submersible at Damen Verolme Rotterdam for DPS upgrade
14:33 OpenRisk launches guideline for risk management at sea to improve response to accidental spills
13:59 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-September totaled 105,253 thousand tons
13:11 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 19,660 in RF spot market
12:47 ABP invests over £1 million on a rooftop solar project at the Port of Goole
12:18 Damen supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress as its General Sponsor
12:00 The Fjords plans to add another all electric passenger vessel to its fleet
11:36 TOTE Services' Philip Greene Jr. retires next year
11:02 Damen Shipyards Group celebrates Multraship Carrousel RAVE Tug winning KNVTS Ship of the Year Award
10:44 Port of Oakland cargo volume up 3.9 percent in August - October 2018
10:43 Throughput of Port Vysotsky up 9.4% to 6.34 million tonnes in 10M’18
10:19 Brent Crude futures price up 0.69% to $67.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.02% to $57.26
09:57 Media Group PortNews issues special edition of its magazine for Transport Week 2018
09:35 Rosmorrechflot reduced operation period of locks in Volga-Don Basin
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,031 points

2018 November 18

16:21 Wellington ferry skipper fined $1,688 after grounding
15:04 SFL continues its fleet renewal programme, to sell its 2002-built VLCC
14:37 Austal delivers Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Burlington to U.S. Navy