Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System set for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval
The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed the required testing procedures and has now been submitted for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval. This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval for the Aquarius UV system, which was granted in 2012.
The Coast Guard 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 utilizes proven filtration and ultraviolet (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 U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval in August 2018 and IMO Type Approval in 2013.
“This latest U.S. Coast Guard 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,” said 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.