Maersk Tankers A/S of Denmark has selected Wärtsilä's Electro Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for three new 50,000 DWT medium range (MR) tankers being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (Ningbo) yard in China. The order was signed in Q2, 2016.
Ensuring compliance with the upcoming IMO Ballast water management convention is becoming a priority for ship owners, and the selection of Wärtsilä EC systems by Maersk Tankers ensures its future compliance with IMO requirements while USCG type approval is expected to be obtained by Q1, 2017.
An open dialogue between the partners ensured that the most suitable solution was chosen, thus providing peace of mind and the lowest cost of ownership to Maersk Tankers for the newbuild vessels.
Wärtsilä's ATEX and hazardous area installation design was custom made to meet the vessel design requirements.
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Dr Joe Thomas, Director of Ballast Water Management Systems at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said: “Ratification of the IMO's ballast water treaty is very close and the major ship owners are making preparations for compliance.
“Wärtsilä has extensive experience and deep know-how in BWMS technology, and can offer reliability and long-term support to ensure that customers have the optimal solution for their specific needs. We are both pleased and proud to have been selected to supply the systems for these vessels.”
Wärtsilä will supply each of the three vessels with one 1500 m3 per hour EC BWMS solution. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard commencing in December, 2016.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System provides technology for the treatment of ballast water using a simple two-stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination (EC).
The system is easy to integrate and maintain, and is type-approved according to the IMO Convention. It has Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance certification from the USCG.