Wärtsilä has signed a three-year training contract with its long-time customer Wagenborg Shipping of the Netherlands. The agreement covers the training of more than 830 of the shipping company's crew members, and will be held at Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy training centers. The training consists of about 70 courses a year. The program includes product specific instruction on diesel engines and propulsion systems, as well as customized training in electrical engineering, navigation, hydraulics and pneumatics.
"Wagenborg Shipping employs more than a thousand seamen on its vessels. They come not only from the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, but from various parts of the world. Currently we have more than 20 nationalities represented, including some from China, and recently also Vietnam," said Cees Horvers, General Manager, Wagenborg Shipping, Manning Department.
"Moreover, general strategic analyses indicate that the number of different nationalities and cultures on vessels will likely increase in the future. Given these facts, Wagenborg will benefit from a partner who is able to provide a wide range of both practical and theoretical dedicated training programs at various locations around the world. Most importantly, these training programs will, regardless of time or place, guarantee the same standard and level of tuition. Wagenborg has found such a partner in the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy," says Horvers.
Wärtsilä's Land & Sea Academy organization operates in ten locations around the globe (Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, India, South Korea, Philippines, USA and Brazil). The Land & Sea Academy provides customized training programs for Wärtsilä´s customers and technical product instruction for Wärtsilä employees. The customer training programmes are designed mainly for the operation and maintenance of products delivered by Wärtsilä. Additionally, more general courses on subjects, such as safety management and nautical training, are also offered. The Land &Sea Academy courses are all run by certified professional instructors. In all, some 10,000 people are trained annually at these facilities.