Maersk Tankers has selected Wärtsilä’s Electro Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for three new 50,000 DWT medium range (MR) tankers being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (Ningbo) yard in China. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2016.

Ensuring compliance with the upcoming IMO Ballast water management convention is becoming a priority for ship owners, and the selection of Wärtsilä EC systems by Maersk Tankers ensures their future compliance with IMO requirements while USCG type approval is expected to be obtained by Q1 2017. The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS is compliant in all salinities. An open dialogue between the partners involved ensured that the most suitable solution was chosen, thus providing peace of mind and the lowest cost of ownership to Maersk Tankers for these important newbuild vessels.

Wärtsilä’s market leading ATEX and hazardous area installation design was custom made to meet the vessel design requirements.

“Ratification of the IMO’s ballast water treaty is very close and the major ship owners are making preparations for compliance. Wärtsilä has extensive experience and deep know-how in BWMS technology, and can offer reliability and long term support to ensure that customers have the optimal solution for their specific needs. We are both pleased and proud to have been selected to supply the systems for these vessels,” says Dr Joe Thomas, Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Wärtsilä will supply each of the three vessels with one 1500 m3 per hour EC BWMS solution. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard commencing in December of this year.