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Business impact on the employment situation.
Wärtsilä global job
“The need to significantly improve the competi-
tiveness and cost-effectiveness has increased and this
is accentuated by a drop of the market prices of up to
tens of per cents. Improving the cost-effectiveness and
Wärtsilä has announced that it will sack 1400 staff streamlining the operations are prerequisites for the
from its global workforce as it expects the contracting future of the shipyard,” a company statement said.
orderbook to impact negatively on sales by between
10% and 20% during the course of this year. Propulsion
An increase of 14% in net sales last year and
increased profitability was not enough to secure
Scandlines Propeller
Wärtsilä workers their jobs as the company forecasts
efficiency gain
a severe downturn in net sales this year compared to
2009. VScandlines said that by fitting a modern propeller to
The company said following the analysis of its its ferry, Scandlines Sassnitz, which operates between
“manufacturing footprint” late last year it will cut Trelleborg, Sweden, and Sassnitz, Germany, has made
its manufacturing capacity and move the bulk of its 12% efficiency savings.
propeller and auxiliary engine production to China, Rasmus Nielsen, Scandlines’ project engineer said
“close to the main marine markets”. that originally MAN Diesel had targeted an 8-10%
The propeller and component shops in The Nether- reduction in fuel consumption, however, he added
lands will both be closed with the loss of 570 jobs and “Our tests document that this has realised an increased
the Vaasa, Finland factory making generating sets efficiency of no less than 12%... it’s very pleasing that
will also swap production to the Far East. our measurements show an even better result.”
“The world has dramatically changed in a short Brian Grusgaard, manager of Upgrading Retrofit
period of time. China has become a strong maritime Support at MAN Diesel Propulsion After-Sales
centre and its growth will continue,” said Ole Johans- said: “Scandlines was a front runner within retrofit
son, Wärtsilä’s president and CEO, he added: “By propeller optimisation and the 21,154gt Sassnitz’s
developing our manufacturing footprint and our fuel consumption has now been reduced, which is
businesses for the future key markets Wärtsilä will also an environmentally friendly solution. We expect
further improve its competitiveness and service to many such retrofits in the future, and are currently
our customers in the tightening markets. It is our in contact with a good number of other ship owners
responsibility to ensure Wärtsilä’s leading position who are very interested in propeller optimisation.”
now and in the future.” Mr Grusgaard said that MAN Diesel had been in
The company estimates that the restructuring will contact with many shipowners that were interested
cost €140million and that it will eventually realise in the company’s propeller optimisation programme
savings of between €80 and €90million. and that the company expects to undertake a signifi-
cant number of retrofits in the future.
More Finnish job
cuts at STX Europe
European shipbuilder STX Europe has announced the
loss 430 jobs from its Turku yard to be implemented
in full by the end of this year following discussions
with workers’ representatives.
The yard, owned by Korean shipbuilding group
STX Corporation, said in a statement: “The need
to significantly improve the competitiveness and
cost-effectiveness has increased; this is accentuated
by a drop of the market prices of up to tens of per
cents. Improving the cost-effectiveness and stream-
lining the operations are prerequisites for the future
of the shipyard.”
The company added that no new orders had been
taken and the situation in the shipbuilding industry
globally had not improved and this was having an Engineers fitting Sassnitz’s new propeller blades.
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