Wärtsilä Corporation opened a new engine and propeller workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. From this workshop, Wärtsilä provides the full range of services to the owners and operators of ships and power plants with both two- and four-stroke engines.
The new workshop includes an engine workshop, a propeller workshop and an office. The facilities are well equipped to serve the customers. There are 43 skilled employees at Wärtsilä in South Africa.
The engine workshop has a ten-ton crane with a lifting height of 19.6 ft. This workshop will extend its services during 2008 with the addition of a fuel injection workshop and a governor workshop.
The propeller workshop is equipped with a 6.4-ton crane with a lifting height of 11.8 ft. There are three welding bays, all equipped with welding machines, and two special grinding bays. The workshop is also furnished with a casting unit able to cast new fixed-pitch propellers final.
From the facilities at Cape Town and Durban, Wärtsilä provides services for marine and land-based installations over the whole Sub Saharan region, including Madagascar
and Mauritius. A branch office with a workshop is being established at Walvis Bay in Namibia. From the South African bases
, Wärtsilä is currently serving customers as far away as Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast for supporting local network companies in the marine industry.