Wärtsilä ballast water management systems successfully tested for global compliance
The technology group Wärtsilä announced that its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed all testing procedures required for U.S. Coast Guard type approval compliance. The documentation for full Coast Guard type approval is being finalized for submission and awaits only final input from DNV-GL, the Coast Guard-approved independent laboratory.
This follows type approval for the Aquarius UV from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2011, as well as Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the Coast Guard. AMS acceptance provides regulatory compliance for all ships operating in U.S. waters for an interim period of up to five years from the ships specific compliance date, or until full Coast Guard type approval is achieved.
The consistent and exceptional performance results achieved under both the IMO and Coast Guard testing protocols demonstrate the suitability of the system in enabling shipowners and operators to comply with the global Ballast Water Management Convention regulations, which entered into force in September 2017.
The Aquarius UV BWMS is a flexible system utilizing a two-stage approach involving filtration and medium-pressure ultra-violet (UV) disinfection technology. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV is in full compliance with the IMO D-2 discharge standard.
Wärtsilä’s offering also includes Aquarius EC BWMS, which was type-approved by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2013, and which has been submitted for Coast Guard type approval following successful testing procedures.
“The reliability, robustness and efficiency of our full BWMS portfolio is clearly endorsed with both the UV and EC technologies having passed the demanding Coast Guard testing protocol. This puts Wärtsilä in a unique position in helping marine operators to meet international regulatory requirements,” said Craig Patrick, Sales Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.