Wartsila has opened a new Propulsion Test Centre in Tuusula, Finland, according to a company statement. The company said it funded and established the new centre, but it also received “strong support” from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which will provide the resources to operate the facility.

“This investment in a full-scale test facility for propulsion products is one of the key elements in our strategy for supporting and assisting our customers in lowering operating costs,” said Jaakko Eskola, president Ship Power and senior executive vice president, Wartsila, in the statement. “Having a technology development centre enables us to provide the best possible technical support for the propulsion needs of the entire marine sector.”

The new facility allows Wartsila to speed the development of environmentally sound propulsion products and allow it to work with research institutes, universities and suppliers. The test centre will be used for functional and endurance testing with an emphasis on mechanical power transfer.

This will allow the introduction of, for example, cost efficient components, new environmentally acceptable lubricants, and new propulsion diagnostic techniques, said Eskola, adding that the test centre will allow Wartsila to keep abreast of “propulsion technology advancement as the demands of the marine industry evolve.”