zoom Following its recent inspection of test processes, Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä Corporation said that the probe revealed some defects in certain fuel consumption measurement tests conducted for marine engines in Wärtsilä Delivery Centre Trieste in Italy.Based on the current analysis, the deviations have been caused by a “limited number of personnel, who have clearly acted against work instructions and our code of conduct by influencing the test results,” Wärtsilä said.According to the company, the deviations are on average 1 percent of fuel consumption and Wärtsilä estimates that around 2 percent of all engines delivered may have been affected.“It is to be noted that the engines in question have fulfilled the regulatory and classification society requirements, and the potentially affected vessels have met sea trial requirements. According to our evaluation, the customer impact of the deviations is marginal,” the engineering firm said, adding that there was no impact on engines for power plant customers nor other operations.Wärtsilä said that it has reviewed all test procedures, and taken corrective actions where deviations have been found.The company expects that the financial impact of these irregularities are not material.
The warning was issued for West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh after the quake of magnitude 7.9, the National Meteorolgical Agency said, according to the Reuters news agency. The Disaster Management Centre says there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka following the massive quake which struck Indonesia late this evening.Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after a massive and shallow earthquake struck off the west coast of the island of Sumatra, an area hit badly by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but the shallower a quake, the more likely it is to cause damage. USGS originally put the magnitude at 8.2, and then 8.1, before lowering it to 7.9.Indonesia, especially Aceh, was badly hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. The epicenter was 808 km (502 miles) southwest of Padang, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was 10 km (six miles) deep. The country straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a highly seismically active zone, where different plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes. (Colombo Gazette)