The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV and Aquarius EC ballast water management systems (BWMS) have been granted compliance with the IMO’s Resolution MEPC.300(72) for the Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code) on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The approval was granted by the classification society DNV-GL who simultaneously awarded the system Type Approval status in accordance with their classification rules. The certifications were awarded to Wärtsilä in March and June respectively.
Compliance with the IMO Resolution, which is otherwise known in shipping circles as the Revised G8, is important for ship owners globally. All vessels installing a BWMS from October 28 this year and onwards will need to comply with the international BWMS Code.
“We are excited to have yet another approval in place for both Aquarius systems. It represents peace of mind for ship owners and operators knowing that it has been tested and approved to the highest operational and environmental standards,” says Arto Lehtinen, Director Water & Waste, Wärtsilä.
The Wärtsilä UV system is based on filter ultraviolet disinfection. It has already been awarded Type Approval under the original guidelines by the IMO and by the United States Coastguard (USCG), as well as Ex Certification by Dekra Exam GmbH and Lloyds Register Design Approval.
The Wärtsilä EC system is based on filter side-stream electro-chlorination. It too has IMO & USCG Type Approval, Ex Certification by Dekra Exam and Lloyds Register Design Approval.
Caption: The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS has been tested and approved to the highest standards.
Mr Arto Lehtinen
Director, Water & Waste, Portfolio Business
Tel: +358 10 7095325
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.