Wärtsilä enlists shipyards to ease BWMS retrofits

The Aquarius BWMS adopts a common approach to filtration, using automatic back washing screen type filters The Aquarius BWMS adopts a common approach to filtration, using automatic back washing screen type filters

Wärtsilä is in the process of signing Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) agreements with a number of major shipyards, the latest being Keppel Shipyard Ltd (KSL) of Singapore.

The agreements are intended to establish cooperation and communication between the parties in relation to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management, which enters into force in September of this year.

"We are pleased to cooperate with the major shipyards, such as Keppel Shipyard Ltd, since by working together we can provide a valuable service to ship owners in complying with the new regulations," said Markus Ljungkvist, general manager, project sales, Wärtsilä Services.

The shared goal of the parties is to provide ship owners and operators with all necessary information and assistance concerning BWMS.

Wärtsilä will bring to the table its extensive experience and expertise in BWMS technology and can provide the required design engineering, product supply, installation supervision, commissioning and after sales services.

Together, the parties can provide full engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) capabilities, as relevant to each customer's requirements.

The shipyards, in addition, provide the dry-docking facilities and the necessary installation resources.

Wärtsilä currently has wholly owned BWMS production facilities in the UK and China, as well as manufacturing agreements with the China based companies COSCO Weihai and CSSC JiuJiang.

The company’s two stage solutions adopt a common approach to filtration, using automatic back washing screen type filters. The Aquarius-UV uses ultra-violet light (UV) disinfection and the Aquarius-EC disinfects via side stream electro-chlorination.

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