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May 19, 2004

Wartsila offers one-stop-shopping for maritime training

This April, Wartsila signed a cooperation agreement with a maritime training academy in Turku, Finland, AB Utbildning Sydvast (Sydvast Maritime). Through this agreement Wartsila Land and Sea Academy (WLSA) provides accredited training courses and IMO/STCW-95 certificates will be awarded to successful graduates.

This "one-stop-shop" provides certified maritime training in all aspects of ship handling and engineering.

WLSA offers around 70 different maritime training courses, which can be modified based on the customer's specific needs. WLSA can now also deliver simulator training courses as part of a planned program.

Thr cooperation with Sydvast Maritime has provided WLSA with access to "state-of-the-art" bridge simulator technology. Recently WLSA acquired the latest in engine simulators which means that WLSA now has the capability and capacity to deliver both ship handling and engine room training courses.

Jari Ullakonoja, Director, WLSA comments "The need for training officers and crews has increased rapidly. In the past, the conventional way has been to buy these courses from several suppliers, which can be both time consuming and expensive. We are seeing that customers are now recognizing the advantages of buying all training from one supplier as this can save time and money."

WLSA will now offer a complete "one-stop-shop" center for maritime training solutions to Scandinavian, European and Russian maritime companies. This total training solution means that all deck, navigational, engineering, galley, safety and security training are located in one establishment. This center can be visited by WLSA's customers so they can view the training facilities and evaluate the courses for themselves.

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