Final Approval for Wärtsilä’s Aquarius EC

17 May 2013
Final Approval for Wärtsilä's Aquarius EC BWMS

Final Approval for Wärtsilä's Aquarius EC BWMS

Wärtsilä has received Final Approval from the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) for its Aquarius EC ballast water management system (BWMS).

The approval submission was taken into consideration as part of the MEPC’s 65th session agenda covering harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water.

Following Basic Approval, which was granted in October 2012, the Aquarius EC BWMS was reviewed and approved by a joint panel of experts from the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection ballast water working group.

A key element of the Final Approval was an investigation covering the impact of treated ballast water on coated and uncoated materials.

Joe Thomas, director of Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems, said: “Gaining IMO Final Approval status has involved an extremely stringent review and investigation process, and we are naturally very delighted that the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC ballast water management system has successfully met all the requirements of the process. This represents an essential and extremely significant milestone in offering the marine industry a safe, flexible, and extremely efficient means of treating ballast water.”

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