Eletson opts for both Wärtsilä ballast choices
Greece-based tanker and gas fleet operator Eletson is to have its entire fleet retrofitted from a single provider after signing a deal with technology group Wärtsilä.
Under the deal signed last month, a total of 23 product oil, chemical, and LPG carriers of the company’s fleet will be retrofitted with up to 69 Wärtsilä systems, comprising of both their Aquarius UV (ultra-violet) and Aquarius EC (electro-chlorination) systems.
“For Eletson, the BWMS supplier selection was a very important decision. Compliance enablement was naturally a prime requirement, but also the track record, the lifecycle costs, and the supplier’s support capabilities had to be considered. For all these reasons, we chose Wärtsilä,” said Lazaros Skoularikos, COO of Eletson Corp.
“Ballast Water Management Systems are one part of Wärtsilä’s extremely strong portfolio of environmental solutions. As the only dual technology provider in this field, we can meet all the requirements of ships with differing operational profiles, which gives the customer all the benefits of having to deal with only one supplier,” said Timo Koponen, Vice President, Processing Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS has successfully completed all the required testing procedures and has been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) type- approval. This follows the IMO type-approval for the Aquarius UV system, which was granted in 2012. The USCG approval process is extensive and involves both land and sea testing. The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, was granted USCG type-approval in August 2018, and IMO type-approval in 2013.