Wärtsilä wins Bernhard Schulte BWMS order

04 Sep 2015
'Cap Ines' will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution. Photo: shipspotting.com

'Cap Ines' will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution. Photo: shipspotting.com

Wärtsilä is to supply its Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS) for 11 container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co KG – one of the largest single retrofit contracts so far for BWMS solutions.

Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co says it chose Wärtsilä’s systems following the successful implementation of BWMS on its new buildings since 2012, as well as two pilot retrofits on older tonnage. Now, 38 of its ships are scheduled for BWMS retrofit over the next five years.

"This significant order is a clear indication that the major ship owners are actively securing procurement for quality BWMS in anticipation of ratification of the IMO's ballast water treaty,” said Dr Joe Thomas, director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

“Wärtsilä has both experience and deep know-how in this field, and can offer reliability and long term support to ensure that customers have the optimal solution for their specific needs,” he added.

The eleven vessels to be retrofitted are managed by the affiliate Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement through its offices in Greece, Hong Kong, India and Singapore. All are container carriers and range in size from 2,600 teu to 5,600 teu.

Delivery will begin this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

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