Awards and recognition for Finnish manufacturing skills

Finnish-built passenger ship Viking Grace wins awards, Rolls Royce wins major contract, and Okmetic leads major EU research project.

The Viking Line’s ship M/S Viking Grace, built by the shipyard STX Finland Oy, has won five awards at the annual Shippax Awards, considered as the most prestigious trade award in the combined ferry, ro-ro and cruise industry. Viking Grace won two awards for environmental quality as the first large passenger ship in the world that is equipped with double-fuel motors that operate with liquefied natural gas and diesel, and also for its many energy-saving solutions. The other awards were for exterior design, food supplies and provisions logistics, and innovative interior design.

“The hard work carried out by our project groups together with the shipyard STX Finland Oy, dSign Vertti Kivi & Co interior design office and many others has created something totally new and different. We have achieved a brand new environmentally sound experience which has already become a worldwide standard for many vessels,” said Kari Granberg, Project Manager of M/S Viking Grace.

Major contract for Rolls Royce in Finland

Rolls Royce’s Finnish subsidiary based in Rauma has won a major contract to deliver drillship propulsion systems to the world’s largest drilling company Transocean. The EUR 118 million deal involves manufacturing propulsion systems for seven drillships. The ships will be built in the Samsung, Daewoo and Hyundai shipyards in South Korea.

Okmetic to lead EU research project

Finnish company Okmetic Oyj will lead a three-year EU R&D initiative in the field of nanoelectronics. The EUR 9.4 million ENIAC Joint Undertaking will develop new, flexible and cost-efficient production technology for micro electro-mechanical MEMS sensor components by applying inkjet technology. The project is funded by the EU, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and private companies.

The Finnish participants in the project are Murata Electronics, Tampere University of Technology and Spinverse. Other participants include Silex Microsystems, Micronic Mydata and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan from Sweden, poLight from Norway, Nanium from Portugal, and InnoPhysics from the Netherlands.

Sources: MarineLink.com, Rolls Royce, Okmetic Oyj, Viking Grace