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Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Wärtsilä introduces new thruster aimed at river and inland waterway vessel applications

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 21 September 2015 at 10.30 am EET

Wärtsilä introduces the latest addition to its thruster product portfolio, the
Wärtsilä WST-14 steerable thruster, which represents state-of-the-art
azimuthing propeller technology. It is aimed primarily at inland waterway
cargo vessel applications. The new thruster will provide increased
reliability and efficiency, while also lowering costs.

Among the many innovations incorporated into the WST-14 are its space-saving
compact design, an integrated slipping clutch that provides a cost
competitive solution for manoeuvring when combined with a fixed pitch (FP)
propeller, and the ability to maintain and service the propeller shaft and
steering seals without requiring a complete overhaul of the thruster. It has
a straightforward, reliable design and is ice-class rated.

By combining the 6-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engine with the WST-14
thruster, a solution package that is ideal for the specific demands of river
and inland waterway operation can be offered. It also suits other marine
applications, such as tugs, where manoeuvring in harbours and/or ice
conditions is required. Compared to conventional fixed pitch (FP) and
controllable pitch (CP) propeller drive line solutions, the WST-14 thruster
enables a greater load capacity for the vessel. This offers increased
revenues for the owner/operator since more cargo can be transported.

"This project began two years ago and we are delighted to announce that the
WST-14 is now available to the market. This introduction fills a particular
need in the inland waterway vessel sector, and it is already attracting
interest from owners and yards in Asia, Europe and America. Wärtsilä is now
able to offer a complete and highly efficient propulsion package for this
specific market," says Arto Lehtinen, Vice President, Propulsion, Wärtsilä
Marine Solutions.

The WST-14 will be featured at the Neva exhibition to be held in
St.Petersburg, Russia from 22 to 25 September 2015.

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Caption: The new Wärtsilä WST-14 thruster

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Caption: The WST-14 thruster and Wärtsilä 20 engine together represent an
efficient propulsion package for river-going vessels.

Media contacts:

Mr Maikel Arts
Business Sales Manager, Propulsion
Tel: +31 6 1370 6392

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the
marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of
the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately
17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in
nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki, Finland.


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Wärtsilä Oyj Abp via Globenewswire


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