Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä wins another BWMS order

Wärtsilä has won another order for its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) in the first quarter of 2015.

Three new container ships being built for CMA CGM at the Jinhai Shipyard in China will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS, a statement of Wärtsilä said on 27 May.

Wärtsilä will deliver the BWMS equipment to the first vessel at the end of 2015, and for the other two ships during 2016. This latest contract follows the order placed in 2014 from the same company, where Wärtsilä BWMS equipment was installed into three 2,100 teu container ships built in Asia, and which were delivered in December 2014.

Each of the three vessels will be fitted with a 500m³ capacity Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS. This system utilises a two-stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. Wärtsilä has already obtained IMO Type Approval and Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the US Coastguard (USCG) for this system, and work to achieve full USCG Type Approval for all products in the Aquarius BWMS range commenced early in 2014.

Ballast Water was a hotly debated topic at the recent MEPC 68 meeting in London as the industry eagerly awaits ratification of IMO’s Ballast Water Convention. Several states, including Argentina, Belgium, India, and Indonesia, have declared that they are in the process of ratifying this legislation.

The IMO secretary general has reiterated that as the barriers to ratification are being discussed and answers developed, the Ballast Water Convention should be ratified before the end of 2015.

Suppliers with BWMS have already began the application process for USCG Type Approval, and Wärtsilä is already fully engaged in this process.