Wärtsilä to upgrade largest residential ship in the world

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 20 January 2016 at 10:00 UTC+2
  • The-World-Hong-Kong

“The World”, the largest, private, residential ship on the seas, will be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä Advanced Wastewater treatment system and a Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system for navigation and external communication purposes. The Wärtsilä Advanced Wastewater solution will replace an existing system and keep the vessel in full compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirements concerning the prevention of pollution from ships. The ship is owned by its residents and is managed by ROW Management Ltd based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in November. The equipment is scheduled for delivery in April, 2016.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor (MBR) solutions are designed to facilitate the management and treatment of both ‘grey’ and ‘black’ wastewater, and to monitor discharges to the sea. The Wärtsilä system treats black and grey water so that the effluent can meet the most stringent marine discharge standards across the globe, including the latest nutrients removal requirements in the Baltic Sea.

The navigation retrofit to “The World” will replace an earlier system. The new installation will ensure that the vessel has the latest and most technically advanced system available. The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system’s unique combination of integrated voyage planning, monitoring, and track control significantly reduces the workload for ship navigators, while improving navigational safety. The system to be supplied as part of this order includes the unique integration of an ice radar. “The World” is powered by Wärtsilä main and auxiliary engines, namely two 12-cylinder and three 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines.

“We at Wärtsilä are committed to assisting marine industry operators to reduce their environmental impact and to increase their operational efficiency. These goals are being met with this contract. The MBR system being supplied for this very special vessel will enable it to comply with the very stringent regulations relating to wastewater discharge. Being a retrofit project, we had to design the system to fit the existing space. This created something of a design challenge, but our experience and know-how allowed us to meet the customer’s needs and provide an optimal solution. Similarly, the navigational system represents the very latest technology,” says Juha Kytölä, Vice President, Environmental Solutions, Wärtsilä.

“The World” is a 196.35 metre (644 feet) long vessel that features a concept combining a private yacht and a luxury vacation home. The ship comprises 165 individual ‘homes’ that are owned by the residents, who together own the ship. It sails the globe and caters to the highest standards of convenience and lifestyle. The onboard systems, including that for wastewater treatment, are required to be of the highest possible quality.

Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor Systems

Wärtsilä’s innovative MBR system is an evolution of the company’s proven sewage treatment technology for handling grey and black water waste. The company has over 30 years of experience in wastewater treatment and in meeting the waste handling needs of the marine industry. The technology is an advanced wastewater treatment process based on biological degradation and membrane separation. It delivers the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals hazardous to the maritime or shipboard environments. The Wärtsilä Hamworthy MBR is capable of meeting both current and anticipated effluent quality standards.

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum Integrated Automation Navigation Control System

This fully integrated system provides outstanding features in terms of usability, scalability and network by means of a single common hardware and software platform. It is based on a common software platform for navigation and automation applications, including Dynamic Positioning, and is designed in accordance with the latest standards. These cost-efficient systems are easy to install and require minimal operator training. The Platinum series offers the entire scope of ship control systems, hosted on a shared set of work stations using a common network.

Link to more information on wartsila.com:
Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor Systems
Wärtsilä SAM Electronics

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Caption: “The World” is to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä solutions. Here the ship is in Hong Kong and Antarctica.

Media contacts:

Mr Kevin Robertson
General Manager Waste Water
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +44 1202 662821

Mr Peter Stübe
Sales Manager, Navigation / Communication and Retrofit
Wärtsilä SAM Electronics
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +49 40 8825 2096

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

About The World
Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 19 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service.

The World Media Contacts:
Jayne Alexander, The Dovetail Agency, +44 (0)207-016-6740 or e-mail jayne@dovetail-agency.co.uk.
Joanna Merredew, The Dovetail Agency, +44 (0)207-016-6740 or e-mail joanna@dovetail-agency.co.uk.