Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System set for USCG Type Approval
The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed all the required testing procedures, and has now been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval for the Aquarius UV system, which was granted in 2012.
The USCG approval process is extensive and involves both land and sea testing. Throughout these tests, the Wärtsilä solution demonstrated its effectiveness, robustness, and excellent reliability. The UV technology utilises proven filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality.
The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.
“This latest USCG approval submission represents a significant milestone for the Aquarius UV product. Having the Aquarius EC system already approved means that Wärtsilä is in the unique position of being able to offer customers a choice of technologies, as well as expert advice as to the most suitable BWMS for their particular needs,” says Craig Patrick, Sales Director, Ballast Water Management Systems at Wärtsilä.
Wärtsilä’s dual technology offering provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide regulatory compliance. The systems are backed by Wärtsilä’s global service network, the most extensive in the marine industry.
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 2017, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.