Wartsila signs BWMS agreements with major shipyards

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The Wärtsilä Aquarius ballast water management solution

APRIL 10, 2017 — Wärtsilä is in the process of signing agreements on Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) with a number of major shipyards, the latest being Keppel Shipyard Ltd in Singapore.

The agreements are intended to establish cooperation and communication between the parties in relation IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, which is due to enter into force in September of this year, in orde rto provide ship owners and operators with all necessary information and assistance concerning Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS).

Wärtsilä has extensive experience and expertise in BWMS technology, and can provide the required design engineering, product supply, installation supervision, commissioning and after sales services. Together, the parties can provide full engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) capabilities, as relevant to each customer’s requirements. The shipyards, in addition, provide the drydocking facilities and the necessary installation resources.

Because of the relatively short period of time before the regulations enter into force, the retrofitting market is expected to be extremely active.

“Wärtsilä has taken a proactive approach to preparing for the BWM convention regulations taking effect, and consequently we are very well placed to aid customers as they prepare to meet these upcoming requirements. We are pleased to cooperate with the major shipyards, such as Keppel Shipyard Ltd, since by working together we can provide a valuable service to ship owners in complying with the new regulations,” says Markus Ljungkvist, General Manager, Project Sales, Wärtsilä Services.

Wärtsilä currently has wholly owned BWMS production facilities in the U.K. and China, as well as manufacturing agreements with the China based companies COSCO Weihai and CSSC JiuJiang.

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