Wartsila submits Aquarius BWMS for Coast Guard type approval


(HELSINKI, Finland) — The technology group Wartsila has submitted its Aquarius electro-chlorination (EC) ballast water management system (BWMS) for U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required.

Wartsila 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.

The Wartsila Aquarius EC BWMS utilizes 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 Wartsila range of ballast water management systems is backed by Wartsila’s global service network.

Wartsila also offers a BWMS using filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation. The Wartsila 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 Wartsila Aquarius UV is also certified for installation in hazardous areas (EX).

By Professional Mariner Staff