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PUBLISHER PubliCo Oy Pälkäneentie 19 A FI-00510 Helsinki Finland Phone +358 9 686 6250 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Risto Valkeapää EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Mirkka Lindroos editorial seatec 2/2013 FINNISH-RUSSIAN CO-OPERATION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FINNISH MARINE CLUSTER HISTORY The ship-building market is facing tough times right now. Many projects have been postponed and it is impossible to predict how the global economy and the price development of oil and gas are going to impact future orders. But Finnish ship-building has a history which tells us something about the ability to cope also in difficult times. One part of the history has been Finnish–Russian ship-building co-operation. After the Second World War, Finns built vessels, also icebreakers for Soviet Union and that was the starting point for the Wärtsilä icebreaker business. Today, ships Vitus Bering and Aleksey Chirikov are examples of co- OFFICE SECRETARY Liisa Hyvönen operation between Arctech and Sovcomlot, the largest shipping corporation in Russia. These are multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels, which can be utilised in many arctic areas. There is also a global GRAPHIC DESIGN Riitta Yli-Öyrä need for such ships. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has also been awarded a contract to build a 16 MW icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport. The CONTRIBUTORS Sami J. Anteroinen Merja Kihl Ari Mononen vessel will be delivered to the client in August 2015. One year ago Russian Ministry of Transport ordered also an icebreaking rescue vessel, which Helsinki shipyard is building together with Yantar Shipyard. The ship will be delivered next year. Finnish marine cluster is living in the changing marine technolo- COVER PHOTO gy world. We have to remember that sea is still mostly open from ice. Meyer Werft The key question is that vessels can operate in all sea conditions and also in arctic ice. PRINTED BY PunaMusta Oy Finnish ship-builders’ recent focus is in the development of arctic vessel technology. But we have also a long tradition as builders of large cruise vessels. This means that the Finnish marine cluster has two strong legs under her. From this position, we can answer the hard challenges of the new marine world. *** At the end of this magazine, you will find information about the companies of the Finnish marine cluster. It is an amazing package of knowhow – these companies can build ships for all the seven seas to meet all circumstances. All rights reserved. This publication may not be used in whole or in part to prepare or compile other directories or mailing lists without the written permission of the publisher. Measures have been taken in the preparation of this publication to assist the publisher protect its copyright. Any unauthorized use of the data herein will result in immediate legal proceeding. RISTO VALKEAPÄÄ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF