Wärtsilä‘s BWMS Submitted for USCG Type Approval

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The technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) to US Coast Guard (USCG) for obtaining a Type Approval (TA) after successfully testing procedures, reports Wartsila.

Second Type approval

Wärtsilä received type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same successful design was used for the USCG application.

This concurrent testing has proved the consistent performance of the Wärtsilä solution, and demonstrates the high reliability, robustness and effectiveness of the system.

Features of New BWMS

The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS utilises proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology, while maintaining a high degree of safety, operability and reliability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality.

Safety has been a fundamental consideration in the design, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks have supported its development. The Wärtsilä range of ballast water management systems is backed by Wärtsilä’s global service network.

Other BWMS solutions

Wärtsilä also offers a BWMS using filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system is type approved according to the IMO Convention and has an Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance certificate from the USCG. It is currently undergoing full USCG TA testing with completion expected during 2018. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV is also certified for installation in hazardous areas (EX).

Wärtsilä’s dual technology offering, provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide compliance.

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Source: Wartsila

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