AUGUST 31, 2016 — Copenhagen, Denmark, headquartered 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 shipyard in China.
Wärtsilä will supply each of the three vessels with one 1,500 cu.m/h EC BWMS solution. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the shipbuilder commencing in December of this year.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System is compliant in all salinities and provides robust 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 with U.S. type approval is expected to be obtained by first quarter 2017.
Wärtsilä's market leading ATEX and hazardous area installation design was custom made to meet the design requirements of the Maersk newbuilds.
"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," says Dr Joe Thomas, Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.