Wärtsilä chosen for new crane ship design
A new crane ship designed by Netherlands based Royal IHC, a global leader in offshore, dredging and mining vessels, will feature the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). The first vessel of this design is currently under construction at a shipyard in China. It is being built for Scaldis Salvage BV, a Belgium based offshore marine contractor. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the third quarter, 2015. The Wärtsilä BWMS to be supplied has been specially designed to meet the space requirements of this vessel. In addition to the compact solution, Wärtsilä has also provided engineering support to both the designer and end-user so that the system can be correctly operated in accordance with the regulations. Wärtsilä has earlier been contracted to supply the main engines and gensets for this vessel. "Wärtsilä's in-depth understanding of the BWMS regulations and knowledge of the compliance requirements was one of the main considerations in the award of this contract. It is important for us, as this will be the first Wärtsilä BWMS to be installed in a Royal IHC designed ship, and the first in the coastal workboat market," says Joe Thomas, Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "Wärtsilä offers products and solutions that cover all technical aspects of the shipping and energy markets. All operations are ultimately inter-related, which is why we, as a total solutions provider, are in the unique position of being able to 'connect the dots' so that the entire chain can be completed as efficiently and effectively as possible. BWMS is one more important 'dot' in formulating a completely sustainable environmental solution," adds Joe Thomas.