Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) ballast water management system for US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval after successfully completing preliminary testing.
The company received type approval from IMO in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same design was used for the USCG application.
According to an announcement from Wärtsilä, safety was a fundamental concern in the design of the EC system, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks supported its development.
“Achieving this significant USCG testing milestone is a major step forward for the product," says Joe Thomas, director, ballast water management systems at Wärtsilä. "It provides customers with further assurance that this system efficiently addresses ballast water treatment compliance needs, with a reliable product and a partner committed to long-term global support.”
Wärtsilä also offers a ballast water system that utilizes filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation technologies. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system is type approved according to the IMO Convention and has an Alternative Management System acceptance certificate from the USCG.
It is currently undergoing full USCG type approval testing with completion expected during 2018. The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV system is also certified for installation in hazardous areas.