Wartsila Opens New Netherlands Training Center

Wartsila expands its services capacity in the Netherlands with new, larger premises and a modern training center. Today, Wartsila inaugurates a new Wartsila Land & Sea Academy training center at Waalwijk in the Netherlands. With this large-scale training establishment, Wartsila is able to offer its customers, its own employees and educational institutions, a broad package of technical training programs. In addition, Wartsila inaugurated new and larger services premises in Ijmuiden last week.

International Training Center in Waalwijk

The Wartsila Land & Sea Academy at Waalwijk covers an area of 2000 square meters, and contains nine schooling rooms, four conference rooms, and a large workshop. The new center is one of ten Wartsila training centers worldwide.

"In 2009, we expect to welcome some 800 to 1000 students to Waalwijk. We are very pleased to have the Wartsila Land & Sea Academy here, where we can provide, among others, training programs for propulsion, automation and engine products," said Job van der Burgt, Vice President Services, Wartsila in the Netherlands.

The Wartsila Land & Sea facility offers product-specific training programs in the area of diesel engines and propulsion systems, as well as customized training. The training center has the latest teaching tools, such as simulators for operating systems, and smart boards to explain the technology. To support the theoretical programs, the workshop has a large number of engines and propellers for hands-on practical work.

The training team consists of eleven people, all with years of practical engineering experience. The entire team is IMO 6.09 certified (training for teachers in the maritime field).

"Over the years, we have developed and opened several Wartsila Land & Sea Academies around the world. The various training locations co-operate closely to develop the programs, and use each other's teachers when specific knowledge is required. We aim at optimum synergy so that our customers and employees can enjoy the best possible service," said Jari Ullakonoja, Director Training Services, Wartsila Services.

New Facilities in Ijmuiden

Last week, Wartsila inaugurated new modern services premises in Ijmuiden, also in the Netherlands, which cover an area of 3000 square meters. The new premises include office space, an in-house schooling room, and an impressive workshop. The new larger workshop enables the company to deliver a broad range of services. The workshop has state-of-the-art machines and portable tools to carry out repairs and maintenance work, both in the workshop itself and on board the vessels.

"Compared to the previous premises of 560 square meters, we have made a huge improvement in space. This means that, from this service location, we can offer so much more support to our customers," said Job van der Burgt.

The Ijmuiden location maintains and overhauls marine engines and propulsion systems. The expanded workshop gives the company the ability to work on larger engines and propulsion systems.

The Ijmuiden service location delivers spare parts, service support, and technical expertise primarily to vessels working in dredging, fishing and inland shipping applications.

The location enables Wartsila to be well placed to serve its customers in the Netherlands, and to provide quick response to demand for services. Because of its favorable location, Ijmuiden is a well-established base of operations for shipping between Amsterdam and the North Sea, and for vessels returning from sea.