Wärtsilä wins retrofit contract

18 Mar 2014
The new solution has been developed to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS

The new solution has been developed to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS

Wärtsilä is to retrofit two Condor ro-ro ferries with its new Aquarius Ready ballast water management system (BWMS).

The new solution has been developed to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS, while minimising vessel downtime, thereby enabling more efficient operations. Preparation work has already been undertaken onboard the ferries, including the required connections to the main ballast line and installing the bypass and isolating valves.

Graham Belgum, fleet director, Condor, explained: "This partnership with Wärtsilä has allowed Condor to be ready to fit ballast water treatment without the need to lay up any of our ships, since the preparation work, which requires the ship to be out of service, was completed during planned refit periods. Fitment can then take place in-service when the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments is ratified.”  

Joe Thomas, director, BWMS, Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems, added: "The demand for Wärtsilä BWM systems is increasing rapidly as owners prepare their ships for regulatory compliance. The Wärtsilä Aquarius Ready solution enables cost saving and installation flexibility, while having Wärtsilä as a single point of contact between the yards, the class societies, and the flag state authorities is a huge benefit for owners.”

Wärtsilä’s Aquarius Ready solution is a phased installation process that enables the equipment to be installed at a time and location convenient to the ship owner. The Ready concept avoids capacity bottlenecks in the delivery and installation of equipment, while providing the flexibility to accommodate the vessel’s operational properties.

The final equipment delivery will take place in 12 months from the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention.

Condor Ferries operates ferry services between mainland England, the Channel Islands, and France.

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