Finnish Protacon to Renew a Swedish Ice-breaker

               Finnish Protacon to Renew a Swedish Ice-breaker

  PR Newswire

  STOCKHOLM, July 1, 2013

STOCKHOLM, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- Last year Urho, now the Swedish sister ship Ymer

Protacon ,  a company domiciled in Central Finland ,  has closed a contract
with Viking Supply Ships to modernize a Swedish ice-breaker Ymer. Last year
Protacon modernized the Finnish ice-breaker flagship ,  Urho. The deal
provides a stronger foothold as a supplier of high power electrical drives to
Protacon ,  currently experiencing a vigorous growth.

The modernization project comprises the DC drives of Ymer's propulsion
machinery and the related control units as well as other control equipment in
the navigation bridge and the engine room. The modernization will
significantly extend the service life of the ship, which was originally
launched into sea in 1976.

"Together with the highly successful Urho project, Ymer's 16.2 MW DC
electrical drives provide strong evidence of Protacon's knowhow of large
electric drives. Marine conditions make the project even more challenging,"
tells Protacon's director of development Kari Pellinen.

"While the experience gathered with the sister ship Urho is a significant
benefit in the modernization, the two ships are so different that we cannot
talk about a routine job. Projects in ships of this size and power class are
always demanding," tells Marko Loisa , Protacon's project manager, responsible
for the modernization of both ships.

The modernization starts immediately and the sea trial aboard the ship will be
conducted in October 2013. An option included in the contract is a similar
modernization of Frej, Ymer's and Urho's sister ship.

World-class supplier of large ice-breaker propulsion systems

With the Ymer contract, Protacon will be positioned among major suppliers of
large ice-breaker propulsion machinery systems. Protacon has grown very
strongly in recent years and is now the leading company in industrial testing
and automation systems in Finland. Protacon is one of the largest Finnish
companies in its field in terms of turnover and personnel employing today
approximately 220 persons. The company's turnover is over € 15 million.

Protacon   is a high-tech engineering and service company providing
solutions for project management ,  production and maintenance. Protacon ' s
operations are divided into industrial engineering services ,  information
technology software development and building technology services. The
corporate turnover in 2012 is more than € 15.4 million with the number of
employees of around 220. Besides the headquarters in Jyväskylä ,  the
corporate has offices in eight locations in Finland. Protacon ' s customers
include ,  for example ,  Metso Paper Oy ,  Andritz Oy ,  Raute
Corporation ,  UPM-Kymmene Corporation ,  Vapo Group ,  Fortum Corporation
, National Board of Forestry ,  National Board of Education , Koenig & Bauer
Group ( KBA ), vehicle inspection company K1-Katsastajat ,  Valtra Inc. , 
Valueframe Oy and Cargotec Plc.

Further information

Kari Pellinen, Director of Development, Protacon, Tel. +358-(0)10-347-2660,
Email: kari.pellinen@protacon.com , http://www.protacon.com