30 Jan 2019

Finnish Surma participates in ASMAR’s Antartica 1 Polar Icebreaker project commissioned by the Chilean Navy

Surma has been chosen by ASMAR as the provider of the Electro Magnetic Compatibility and Electro Magnetic Interference (EMC/EMI) design and management of Chile’s Antartica 1 Icebreaker project.

- In the current paradigm of wireless sensors and wireless information retrieval and communication systems, the right approach to on-board signal propagation within a vessel is a crucial question to maximize the valuable time of researchers and the overall efficiency of the icebreaker. We are proud to be part of the team behind Antartica 1, which will be one of the most sophisticated oceanographic ships ever built, comments Mr. Kristian Tornivaara, CEO of Surma.

Picture: Antartica 1 rendering © ASMAR Shipyard 

Surma will assist ASMAR throughout the multiyear project managing the EMC Working Group of Antartica 1 project. Mr. Martti Helamaa, Engineering Director of Surma and the EMC Manager of the project commented that the company is very excited to start this journey with ASMAR that, without a doubt, is going to be important for the advancement of oceanographic and climate research in the Antarctic region.

The Finnish Ambassador Met with the Leaders of ASMAR Talcahuano

The new Ambassador of Finland in Chile, Ms. Eija Rotinen, visited ASMAR’s Shipyard last October in Talcahuano. Ambassador Rotinen wanted to highlight the importance of shipbuilding industry collaboration between Finland and Chile.

Photo: The Ambassador of Finland in Chile, Ms. Eija Rotinen (third from left), meeting with Antartica 1 project representatives at ASMAR Shipyard in Talcahuano.

Ambassador Rotinen commented during her encounter with Talcahuano shipyard’s Administrator Kauer, that this relationship is of great importance to Finland, not only to support ASMAR, but to help Chile to become a maritime super power. Ambassador Rotinen added that she was very impressed by ASMAR’s installations in Talcahuano, by the human capital devoted to the project, and by its far-reaching capabilities.

Finnish Expertise in Icebreakers

Finland, located by the Baltic Sea and subject to Arctic conditions, has a long history in building and designing icebreakers, and the country excels in the Maritime domain in various areas, be it design and construction of mission-oriented vessels, luxury cruise ships, or digitalization of ports and vessels.

Surma is Part of Finnish DA-Group

Surma is a Finnish expert organization founded in 2007. The company serves several shipyards and navies internationally. Surma’s founders developed the most advanced Combat Survivability Software that enables saving time and resources in analysis and design work, as well as increasing safety and mission performance of the vessel. Surma provides also consultancy and education as well as Degaussing Systems.

In October 2018, Surma joined forces with Finnish DA-Group. DA-Group is a growing defence technology corporation that provides underwater technology solutions for the defense sector. Together Surma and DA-Group have more resources and expertise to tackle the challenges their clients face in the international market.

For more information:

Martti Helamaa
Engineering Director, Surma Ltd., Tel. +358 50 357 3658

DA-Group is a provider of advanced electronics and high technology solutions and products. We serve industrial, defence and space sector customers on a global scale. We are experts in embedded software solutions, FPGA designs, electronics, mechanics and RF, microwave and millimeter wave engineering. Our service portfolio covers the turnkey solutions: from R&T, product development and engineering, testing and validation, manufacturing to product lifecycle management. Established in 1995, the consolidated corporation employs over 100 professionals. The headquarters are located in Forssa with offices in Tampere, Helsinki and Turku.

Surma is the leading provider of comprehensive navy combat survivability solutions. We offer survivability management services, systems, software tools and education internationally for navies, shipyards and other stakeholders in the field. Our offering consists of susceptibility and vulnerability analysis services, management of electromagnetic environment, as well as variety of design support, research and development. We also provide complete systems, e.g. degaussing system and loading computers for navies. Established in 2007, the company employs about 15 professionals in Helsinki, Finland.

Additional information sources:

ASMAR Shipyard:

and ASMAR’S news bulletin:

Antartica 1 project:







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