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 Complete Propulsion Modules Simplify Ship Construction
 CHESTERTOWN, Md., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Wartsila Diesel North America, Inc. announced today that it will manufacture the Vasa 46, the newest and largest of Wartsila Diesel's engines, for the North American shipbuilding and power generation market.
 The location of the new facility is at Quonset Point, R.I. This facility will manufacture the Vasa 12, 16 and 18V46 engines. It will also package the Vasa 32 engine for main propulsion and power generation applications for the North and Central American market. The new venture will also design, manufacture and market complete engine room modules suitable for use in the U.S. Navy's strategic sealift ships as well as commercial ships.
 Wartsila Diesel Group is the world's largest designer and manufacturer of medium-speed diesel engines for both marine power and electrical generation applications. The new venture brings a new dimension to the product scope and level of quality and market responsiveness heretofore unavailable to owners and operators in North America.
 Wartsila Diesel is well known for working closely with customers to provide power modules for stationary systems as well as marine propulsion swiftly and cost-efficiently. With engine facilities here in the United States, the manufacturing and assembly process can now be compressed even more. Clas-Eirik Strand, president of Wartsila Diesel North America, Inc., stated: "We pride ourselves on careful coordination of all phases -- planning, designing, manufacturing, assembly and delivery -- of complete power packages. In fact, we're currently in the midst of producing a turnkey floating power plant for Guatemala that will contain 20 diesel engines generating 110 MW of power. From the signing of the contract to delivery, it will be just eight months. And that includes getting the engines from Finland. Imagine what kind of turnaround we can provide with local engine availability!"
 In addition to manufacturing Vasa 46 engines and packaging Vasa 32 generating sets, the new venture will be designing, engineering and constructing complete stern modules for large ships. Each module will have the propulsion system, generating sets, and all controls already in place. According to Karl Yannes, vice president of Wartsila Diesel North America for Marine Engines, "This concept is the state-of-the-art in modern shipbuilding. The Navy -- or any customer for that matter -- can contract with us to provide a completely assembled aft module that can be delivered by barge from the Quonset Point facility and incorporated to the rest of the ship at the builder's yard. This will save time and money, not to mention alleviating all the headaches of coordinating the many vendors needed to complete a propulsion system. Now this one source can supply it all."
 Wartsila Diesel has pioneered the development of diesel engines for marine use, as well as complete engine room concepts. The Vasa 46 was developed in the 1980s in response to demands for a lighter and more compact engine that would run cleanly and efficiently on all grades of fuel. The Vasa 46 delivers outputs of 3,620 to 17,920 kW (4,920 to 24,355 BHP) in range of 450 to 514 rpm. The Vasa 32 was developed in the 1970s specifically for heavy fuel application and quickly became the most successful prime mover ever in its output range. The Vasa 32 delivers output of 1,480 to 7,380 kW (2,010 to 10,040 BHP) in a range of 720 to 750 rpm.
 Recognizing the advantages of a single source for all engine room machinery, Wartsila Diesel developed PROPAC -- fully integrated propulsion systems that have proven their reliability and performance on ships all over the world. Each system is tailored to meet the customer's needs. Then all components including engines, propellers, gears and control systems are coordinated into a single, functional module.
 The advanced technologies of Wartsila Diesel will bring major benefits to the Navy and other ship owners. Yannes stated, "In addition to being able to optimize ship performance and operate efficiently under all conditions, today's engine rooms must require minimal maintenance and take up very little space. Wartsila Diesel's experience in innovative power system integration will provide a power plant module that helps keep design, engineering and construction costs down. It will also provide component compatibility for consistent reliability, which translates into more timely delivery and maintenance schedules.
 Tradition of Government Support
 Wartsila Diesel North America is already very much involved with providing power packages for the U.S. Government, particularly the U.S. Military Sealift Command's Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS). Many of the "ro-ro" ships in the MPS program are powered by Stork-Wartsila Diesel engines, and Wartsila Diesel supports the program with engine service contracts. Emergency gensets stand by on many of the Navy's fleet of nuclear carriers, and are installed on land bases all over the world as well. "We are committed to supporting the activities of the U.S. Navy " said Daniel Kabel, vice president of Wartsila Diesel North America for Diesel Service. He pointed out that numerous employees have been associated with the Navy reserve and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, Long Island.
 Expanding Role in North America
 Strand views the Quonset Point manufacturing facility as a natural extension of Wartsila Diesel's expanding presence in the United States. "We see tremendous opportunities for Wartsila Diesel engines here in North America. We presently have sales, service and parts operations in 13 cities, as well as in major South American countries, one of our recent acquisitions -- MKW Power Systems in Rocky Mount, North Carolina -- gives us added expertise and manufacturing capabilities in high-speed gensets and nuclear stand-by power packages. We guarantee service within 24 hours through the Wartsila Diesel Group network companies and are, thereby, committed to and capable of assisting our customers on a global basis. Today, with engine manufacturing facilities here plus the availability of custom-design and built engine rooms, we can satisfy customer requirements on a timely basis at the lowest possible cost. This should position us well for increased marine business as well as more power-generating applications."
 Marine propulsion systems and turnkey power plants utilizing the design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities of the Wartsila Diesel Group and its North American Quonset Point, R.I., facility are marketed in this country through the sales offices of Wartsila Diesel North America, Inc. For more information, contact Karl Yannes, vice president, in Chestertown, Md. 410-778-9100.
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