Joint venture to help Helsinki yard
specialize in arctic shipbuilding technology


STX Finland Oy and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) have formed a joint venture company, which will specialize in arctic shipbuilding technology. An agreement for the formation of the new company, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, was signed Friday in St. Petersburg in a meeting with the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi.

According to the agreement both founding companies will hold equal shares of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy. The new company will purchase the Helsinki shipyard from STX Finland.

The joint venture will focus on arctic maritime technology and shipbuilding and will unify Russian and Finnish Maritime clusters. It will start building highly specialized vessels such as icebreakers and other icebreaking special vessels. The joint venture also has an option to buy 20.4% of the shares of Aker Arctic Technology Inc. (AARC) from STX Finland. STX Finland will still remain the majority shareholder of AARC, which is a world-leading player in arctic maritime technology research and development.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy will be a 50/50 joint venture company owned by two of the largest shipbuilding corporations in the world. United Shipbuilding Corporation is the state owned Russian shipbuilding corporation, which was formed in 2007. The company has 42 shipyards in Russia and it focuses on developing the Russian civilian and military shipbuilding industry.

STX Finland belongs to the STX Europe group comprising 15 yards in Finland, France, Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam, with about 16,000 employees.

Finnish shipyards have delivered more than 1,500 vessels to Russia. Finnish shipyards have built 60% of all the icebreakers in the world including most of the Russian conventionally powered icebreakers.

"The joint-venture has great potential to utilize the best skills and knowledge from the world-class Russian and Finnish Maritime clusters in an effective way," says Juha Heikinheimo CEO of STX Finland.  Mr. Roman Trotsenko, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation, adds "The joint venture is a great example of cooperation between Finland and Russia. We believe that the new company will be a significant player in the arctic shipbuilding and the production of hi-tech ice-class vessels, and will meet the needs of developing of Russia's Arctic shelf".
Photo : STX Europe