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Release 30.05.2017

Discover Finnish maritime expertise at Nor-Shipping in Oslo

There is a strong demand for polar cruise ship know-how and solutions in shipyards around the world. Finnish maritime technology and solutions are exceptionally well suited for the new polar cruise ships.

Finnish companies with world-class maritime expertise and solutions are participating in the Nor-Shipping international shipping exhibition and conference in Oslo, focusing particularly on the growing global market for Polar Class cruise ships.

For example, Norwegian shipyard Vard is about to build 4 expedition cruise ships for Ponant Quartet and 2 for Hapaq-Lloyd Cruises. Norwegian Kleven has 2 (+2) orders for Arctic hybrid cruisers for Hurtigruten and German shipyard MV Werften is building at least 5 Polar class mega-yachts for Genting Hong Kong. Furthermore, China Group is to build 4 (+6) expedition cruise ships in Shanghai.

“The Finnish maritime industry has long experience in cruise ship design and engineering, and is globally recognized for its innovation and reliability. This includes the specialist technology and know-how for winterization required in the construction of ships for demanding polar conditions. Finnish companies are working with the leading shipyards around the world, including projects in the luxury cruise market,” says Ulla Lainio, Director of Finpro’s Maritime and Offshore from Finland Program.

As an example, ABB Marine and Ports will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package selected for Crystal Cruises’ luxury Polar Class 6 mega-yachts built by MV Werften for Genting Hong Kong. ABB Marine and Ports is a pioneer of the Azipod® propulsion systems developed in Finland that have enabled cruise operators to push both technological and geographical boundaries for two decades.

Solutions by the leading Finnish software developer CADMATIC are used in most of the biggest luxury cruise ships around the world. CADMATIC is demonstrating its new 3D visualization core at the Nor-Shipping exhibition, which takes modelling aesthetics to a new level by producing highly realistic 3D objects with accurate edges, shades and clip cap surfaces that enable faster design work.

Trusted solutions from Finland

Finland offers a unique supplier network of more than 1000 maritime companies covering the entire shipbuilding value chain, including ship design and engineering, system and equipment suppliers, material and component suppliers, interior and metal works subcontractors, and turnkey suppliers.

“Finnish companies are forerunners when it comes to environmentally friendly technology and developing solutions that improve efficiency, reliability and safety under harsh winter conditions. The new polar cruise ships built in Norway, Germany and other countries need the best solutions and I warmly invite global shipbuilders and the media to explore what the Finnish companies have to offer,” says Lainio, who is available for interview in Oslo on 30 May – 1 June.

As part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, Finpro, the Finnish trade promotion organization, and six Finnish companies are organising a Finland 100 networking event in Oslo attended by Erik Lundberg, Ambassador of Finland in Norway. The Finnish companies participating in event are All Star Engineering, Cadmatic, Craftmer, Elomatic, Promeco and The Switch.

Six Finnish maritime company profiles

Companies available for interview in Oslo on 30 May – 1 June.

Allstars Engineering Group offers ship design and engineering expertise. In the last 30 years we have grown from a small engineering office to an international project management enterprise in the marine and process technology industries. We are skilled, familiar and experienced in every part of ship design and engineering. Over the years we have completed over 300 diverse and demanding ship design projects for our customers and currently have over 200 professional engineers in our network.

TRANSPARENT ENGINEERING FLOW is our way of working! Successful project management needs know-how, innovative thinking and courage to pull together. We meet those requirements by using our groundbreaking approach of transparent engineering flow. We take care of our customers by searching the best solution for them to follow through demanding design projects.

CADMATIC is a leading developer of digital and intelligent 3D-based design, engineering and information management software solutions for the marine and plant industries. Our solutions are used for all kinds of ship, offshore and process plant constructions, ranging from luxury yachts to the biggest cruise vessels and offshore platforms in the world, and from food and pharmaceutical projects to the biggest power, chemical, oil & gas and pulp & paper projects.

Craftmer® specializes in developing and making tools for shipbuilding, offshore and heavy manufacturing. Craftmer® tools have been selected by over 50 of the leading shipyards in Europe and the Americas. Its mechanical assembly tools are used e.g. at shipyards in block manufacturing and in hull assembly; often eliminating the need for cutting and grinding after welding, thus increasing the shipyard’s productivity and worker safety.

Elomatic offers Marine Life Cycle Solutions. Elomatic is a leading European consulting & engineering company and provider of CADMATIC Marine and Plant 3D Design Software. Over our almost 50-year history we have earned a reputation as a leading developer of design methods.

Elomatic provides a wide range of marine and offshore life cycle services that meet maritime stakeholders’ divergent needs; from concept and project design all the way to newbuilding and operability support.

We have experienced staff in all disciplines of naval architecture, marine engineering and project management to assist in both newbuilding projects and conversions.

Elomatic is a leading designer of passenger vessels as well as of ice-going vessels, areas in which we have extensive experience and references. We also have a large number of scrubber retrofit design references. Ballast water treatment retrofits is our key service focus area right now. The special services we provide include laser scanning, exterior design, architectural design and visualisations.
Promeco is an experienced contract manufacturer of high-quality electromechanical systems and services for leading companies. We have a long tradition in marine and offshore projects working closely with leading companies such as ABB, Rolls-Royce and Wärtsilä. Our solutions include marine control systems, switchboards, under 1000V control centers, group starters and exhaust systems for diesel engines. As a part of our customers’ marine control system classification process, Promeco is authorized by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and Bureau Veritas to perform official testing and inspections without the presence of an outside certifying agent.

The Switch is advancing the world of electrical drive trains in marine. In 2016, the company acquired Wärtsilä’s marine drives business encompassing megawatt-class power drives. This Yaskawa-backed investment enables The Switch to offer a stronger machine & drive package, broader product range and wider market access.   

Today, The Switch creates drive train solutions specifically optimized for marine applications. The company is now broadening its marine business portfolio with permanent magnet applications, an area that is growing rapidly with the acceptance of this technology to help vessels become more efficient by slashing operating costs.

The Switch’s power drive products, already used as proven elements for over a decade within Wärtsilä’s systems, have passed various approval requirements. Currently, hundreds of ships are sailing with these rugged drives, making them attractive to marine customers who want to reduce risk while upgrading to more advanced drive train solutions and hybrid systems.

With an installed base of over 13 GW, The Switch’s innovative drive trains are making an impact by lowering the cost of energy and operations.

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Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes travel to Finland. Finpro is a public organization consisting of Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Our almost 300 professionals work in 36 Trade Centers in 31 countries and 6 offices in Finland.

More information:

Ulla Lainio, Program Director, Maritime and Offshore in Finland, Finpro,
+358 40 3433 357

Hetta Huittinen, Communications Manager, Finpro,, +358 40 033 9597


Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes travel to Finland. Finpro is a public organization consisting of Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Our 240 professionals work in 37 offices in 31 countries abroad and 6 offices in Finland. Finpro is part of the Team Finland network. Finpro – Growth for Finland