Wärtsilä Corporation, has received an order for ballast water management systems (BWMS) for three new container ships being built for a major European shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China.
The vessels will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV systems, with delivery to the first vessel scheduled for the end of 2015, and for the other two ships during 2016.
This latest contract follows the order placed last year from the same company, where Wärtsilä BWMS equipment was installed into three 2100 TEU container ships built in Asia, and which were delivered in December 2014.
Each of the three vessels will be fitted with a 500m3 capacity system, which uses filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection treatments. Wärtsilä has already obtained IMO type approval and Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the US Coastguard and is working to achieve full USCG Type Approval for all products in the range.
"Ballast water management is an important feature of the overall emphasis on environmentally sustainable shipping. Wärtsilä has always paid great attention to working in close cooperation with the customer to ensure that the selected system is appropriate for the ship and its operating profile, and this has been the case here as well. We have enjoyed working closely with the owners and with the Jinhai Shipyard, and have received excellent support in planning this project," says Lars Bo Kirkegaard, General Manager, BWMS Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.