JUNE 7, 2013 — Wärtsilä has been contracted to retrofit its Wärtsilä Aquarius UV ballast water management system for the Marola, a 37,000 cu.m fully refrigerated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessel of the Carbofin SPA, Italy fleet. Carbofin is part of the Carboflotta Group. The retrofitting will take place in fall 2013 when the ship is drydocked. The vessel will operate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South American waters.
Wärtsilä says the design of the Aquarius UV ballast water management system allows ease of installation for both retrofit and new build applications. The system can be tailored to meet specific requirements, while enabling conformity with legislation and helping owners and operators to minimize their environmental footprint.
Wärtsilä Environmental Solutions offers complete services for retrofit projects. The offering is modular and flexible: depending on customer's needs the retrofit project scope can vary from a simple equipment delivery to a complete turnkey project where Wärtsilä is responsible also for the installation works. In this specific project, in addition to the equipment Wärtsilä is providing engineering support, commissioning and start-up.
"Our company is conscious of the responsibilities involved in protecting the environment. Our policy is to constantly improve our own environmental services, and to reduce marine pollution by minimizing the risk of emissions and harmful releases. By retrofitting Wärtsilä's Aquarius ballast water management system to the Marola, we can be assured of conforming to legislation, as well as protecting and safeguarding the environment in sensitive areas around the world," says Roberto Saia, Technical Manager, Carboflotta.
"Ballast water management is becoming increasingly important for the industry. At Wärtsilä, we have worked hard to develop technologies that are reliable, efficient, and which promote environmental sustainability. We have a very good working relationship with the Carboflotta Group, for whom we have successfully supplied solutions for more than 25 years," says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
The Aquarius UV BWMS is a modular system utilizing a two stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. It meets the IMO D2 discharge standard, and received type approval in December 2012.