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.”
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.