Wärtsilä has received 13 orders for its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS).
The systems will enable vessels to be compliant with the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations that entered into force in September 2017 for all newbuild vessels.
The work is being carried out for ships being built at yards in China. The orders cover installations in a RoRo ferry, two RoPax, six tankers and four container vessels.
In addition to the demand for new build vessel installations, shipowners are also increasingly requesting quotations for their existing sailing fleet. For a vessel to be compliant with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, owners have to install a BWMS at the next special survey of the vessel after 8 September 2019. This gives a five year window for retrofits between September 2019 and September 2024, depending on when the special survey is due.
Arto Lehtinen, director, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine, commented: “This continued strong demand is a very positive verification of the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of the Wärtsilä Aquarius systems. Owners around the world recognise the fact that our BWMS solutions, which are backed by Wärtsilä’s extensive global service support network, provide assurance that their vessels can fully comply with the regulations, even with varying levels of water quality.”
The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) BWMS has completed all the required testing procedures and has been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) type approval. The system already has IMO Type approval, granted in 2012.
The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.