FSB raids Transas office in St Petersburg

Security services raided the St Petersburg office of Transas yesterday, seeking access to the company’s Transas Navigator databases.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) was widely reported to have launched the raid on the facility, which is now owned by Finnish firm, Wärtsilä.

Transas, which makes marine navigation systems and simulators, was bought by Wärtsilä last year.

The FSB is remaining tight lipped about why it decided to target the company. FSB officers were in the Transas offices for around seven hours yesterday.

As well as handling Russian sales, the office is also involved in some research and development projects.

“Based on our current knowledge the authorities are interested in an individual Russian customer. The local management is fully cooperating with the authorities. Information shared with authorities is limited to this specific customer,” a spokesperson for Wärtsilä told Splash today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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