Wartisila's UV ballast water management system gets US type approval

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(HELSINKI) — The technology group Wartsila’s Aquarius UV ballast water management system (BWMS) has been granted U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wartsila Aquarius EC, already type approved by USCG, Wartsila becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG type-approved BWMS technologies.

“Wartsila’s dual technology offering provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide regulatory compliance. This means that owners can be sure of having the most appropriate system for their particular needs from the same premium support supplier,” said Craig Patrick, general manager, sales, water and waste, Wartsila Marine.

The Wartsila Aquarius UV (ultraviolet) technology utilizes proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It retains its effectiveness regardless of the water quality.

The Wartsila Aquarius EC (electro-chlorination) system features a simple two-stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination across the full scope of a ship’s operating and environmental conditions.

In addition to the USCG approvals, both technologies have also been awarded type approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Wartsila supports its products, systems, and solutions with the marine industry’s most extensive global service network.

By Professional Mariner Staff