Wärtsilä is signing agreements with major shipyards to establish co-operation and communication in relation to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management.
The shared goal of the parties is to provide shipowners and operators with all necessary information and assistance concerning ballast water management systems (BWMS). Wärtsilä has extensive experience and expertise in BWMS technology, and can provide the required design engineering, product supply, installation supervision, commissioning and after sales services.
Together, the parties can provide full engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) capabilities, as relevant to each customer's requirements. The shipyards, in addition, provide the drydocking facilities and the necessary installation resources. Because of the relatively short period of time before the regulations enter into force, the retrofitting market is expected to be extremely active.
"Wärtsilä has taken a proactive approach to preparing for the BWM convention regulations taking effect, and consequently we are very well placed to aid customers as they prepare to meet these upcoming requirements. We are pleased to co-operate with the major shipyards, such as Keppel Shipyard Ltd, since by working together we can provide a valuable service to shipowners in complying with the new regulations," says Markus Ljungkvist, general manager, project sales, Wärtsilä Services.
Wärtsilä currently has wholly owned BWMS production facilities in the UK and China, as well as manufacturing agreements with the China-based companies COSCO Weihai and CSSC JiuJiang.