S e m i n a r M a r k s O p e n i ng O f W a r t s i l a O f f i c e In V a n c o u v e r , B.C., C a n a da

To mark the opening of a branch office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wartsila, Finland's leading company in Arctic technology, held a one-day seminar of scientists and experts from Canada and the United States at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Wartsila Arctic Inc. (WAI) invited some 80 experts in Arctic technology to provide a fresh outlook on the problems and prospects for the further development of the world's Arctic regions.

The world's leading builder of Arctic vessels, Wartsila decided to open the Vancouver branch office so that Canadian and American energy interests can be assisted by Finnish technology.

WAI now offers a variety of services in the field of Arctic marine technology, including design, feasibility studies, project management, ship and model testing, etc. The company believes, especially in regard to project management, it will be beneficial for the customer to have the entire project under one "umbrella." Wartsila's background as a designer and builder of Arctic ships should be very suitable for such projects.

For a number of years Wartsila has been promoting its Arctic marine technology products in North America, and now believes that a permanent presence on the Continent is timely. New solutions are now needed in offshore work in the Arctic, which the Finnish company is well qualified to research and meet.

Wartsila president Tor Stolpe, who came to Vancouver for the inauguration and who addressed the seminar, said: "The development of energy resources in both the Canadian and U.S. Arctic will take place, exploration is well under way, production partly so, and it is in the field we believe we Finns have something to offer. The market is there both for software and hardware, the timing is still in doubt, but we usually take a longterm view on our projects." Because all of Finland's harbors are covered by ice part of the year, the Finns have historically pioneered research and development in icebreaking techniques. This explains why a nation of only 4.8 million people is so well placed to interest Canadian and American customers in both its hardware and software concerned with icebreaking.

These icebreaking techniques are backed up by a unique Arctic Research Centre in Helsinki, owned and operated by Wartsila.

As the world's leading builder of icebreaking tonnage, Wartsila has constructed, or has on order, more than 70 icebreakers and icebreaking merchant vessels. The company's production also includes offshore vessels, supply ships, diving support vessels, crewboats, dredges, and crane vessels as well as air cushion vehicles specially designed for Arctic areas.

WAI already serves Canadian and U.S. clients in Arctic technology, including oil companies, offshore operating companies, shipyards, government institutions, and consulting engineering firms, but the company is looking for an even greater client list as it continues to expand its international activities.

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