Wärtsilä to reorganize Marseille in order to focus on Genoa
The Finnish multinational company closed its components workshop in the French port, transferring its related activities to its Liguria plant
The centre of Wärtsilä’s engine components repair activities will be its Genoese plant.
The news was announced by the French newspaper Le Marin, to which the Finnish multinational company confirmed the shutting down of part of the site in the naval repair area inside the port of Marseille. The decision falls within of a large cost revision plan. Due to the closeness of the two ports, Wärtsilä will transfer marine engines components upgrading operations to Genoa, thus cutting several jobs in Marseille.
However, the multinational company will maintain an important commercial presence in the French port, where it currently boasts 72 employees over a 4,000 sm area: “We will preserve our commercial structure and our complete maintenance service, and technicians (field services) will be able to operate on-board vessels in the Marseille area, or digitally from remote areas. Only works related to components will be carried out elsewhere”, Wärtsilä managing director France Marc Deléglise explained to the French newspaper.
On the other hand, the company did not comment on the expected impact in terms of employment and turnover for the Genoese plant.