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Wärtsilä, a single solution provider to all IMO compliant retrofit issues

To effectively meet all the compliance requirements of IMO’s Convention for Ballast Water, Wärtsilä offers ship owners and operators both proven ultraviolet (UV) and electro-chlorination (EC) technology to meet the specific operational and economic requirements of their fleet.

 Both the technologies are IMO approved and US Coast Guard (USCG) alternate management system (AMS) accepted.

 .From Wärtsilä’s own market analysis, more than 26,000 ships above 400 GRT will have to get ready to comply with the new environmental legislation. The demand for BWMS retrofits projects and engineering services are quite likely to peak between 2020 and 2024 considering BWMS new-build demand and US Coast Guard’s regulation on vessel discharges.

 According to Markus Ljungkvist, General Manager, Project Sales, Wärtsilä Services, it may require a minimum of 6-8 months to complete a retrofit project. Unless the ship owners and operators plan ahead, they will have to face supply issues.  “In partnering with our customers to provide a wide range of support from BWMS technology to hands-on maintenance service, we aim to increase operational reliability,” he added.

 Besides technology alternatives, Wärtsilä’s system has some more features like, “the equipment, feasibility studies, in-house engineering expertise, installation, advisory and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) lifecycle support.”

  “A single solution provider adds to the efficiency of retrofit projects and minimises the risks and time needed for retrofitting BWMS, thus optimising operations and enabling growth for our customers. It also provides ship owners and operators with cost predictability,” says Markus Ljungkvist.

 Robust system design as well as Wärtsilä’s global service network and availability of spare parts ensure the operational safety of the vessels. The level of global support offered by 11,000 service professionals remains unmatched by the competition. Moreover, Wärtsilä provides training for the users to operate the ballast water management system correctly. Training centres around the world and customised trainings at the customer site improve overall awareness, theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to secure BWMS operation and maintenance.

 

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