Wärtsilä BWMS Certified for Onboard Hazardous Areas

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
BWTS Aquarius UV: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed verification testing for explosion proof (EX) requirements, enabling it to be operated for Zone 1 hazardous area operation in marine and offshore installations.

The verification was handled through DEKRA, a Notified Body in Germany and a leading global provider of auditing and certification services, specialising in the fields of safety, environment and health.

The manufacturers explain that it is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirement that the BWMS for ships having hazardous areas onboard must be EX proof certified. Wärtsilä has taken a systems approach to the EX validation process and the complete AQUARIUS UV BWMS module, not only electrical components, making it compliant with the EX and IMO regulations. This approach improves accessibility, since the modular design allows some system components to be located outside the hazardous area, thereby increasing the availability and maintainability of the whole system.

“This is yet another important step towards making the Wärtsilä BWMS range available for the full range of marine and offshore applications. We have taken the position that it is not enough to have merely the electrical parts certified, which is the case with many other systems. As a result, owners and operators can have the peace of mind in knowing that the entire Wärtsilä system module is explosion proof when installed inside a hazardous area,” says Dr Joe Thomas, Director, Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems.

Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV

The system comprises a modular BWMS utilising a two stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. The AQUARIUS UV BWMS completed land based testing in 2011 at the NIOZ test facility in the Netherlands. Ship-based trials were completed on a Dutch flagged 2,000 dwt chemical tanker, and were carried out by the independent consultants, GoConsult, and witnessed by Lloyds Register.

The trials involved testing in both salt and fresh water environments to demonstrate compliance over a wider range of operating conditions. The results consistently met or exceeded the IMO D2 discharge standard add Wärtsilä, and their AQUARIUS UV BWMS received IMO Type Approval in December 2012 and US Coastguard AMS acceptance in October 2013.

www.wartsila.com 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

MHI to Change Name of Group Company

Effective November 1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will change the name of its group company in Singapore from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd.

Petrobras P-66 Platform Module to Boost Production

The P-66 platform’s first modules, built at the Tomé Ferrostaal Consortium’s Module Plant located at the Port of Maceió, Alagoas, are now ready and loaded on the São Tomé barge.

Exmar Optimistic About Gas Carrier Market into 2015

Belgian gas shipping group Exmar said on Thursday that the market for its very large and midsize gas carriers was at historically high levels in the third quarter

Technology

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Update

A consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United,

Marine Renewable Energy Testing Facility in Singapore Mooted

ClassNK has launched of a feasibility study for a new marine renewable energy testing facility to be built in Singapore. The announcement was made at the 2014

Legal

MHI to Change Name of Group Company

Effective November 1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will change the name of its group company in Singapore from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd.

NAO Announces Financials, Declares Dividend

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. has declared a dividend of $0.45 per share for 3Q2014, as previously announced. This is the same dividend as for the previous two quarters.

Kirby Corp. Announces Record 3Q Results

Record 2014 third quarter earnings per share of $1.34 compared with $1.21 in the 2013 third quarter, which included a $0.08 benefit due to the reduction of the United earnout liability.

Offshore

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Ensco plc Reports 3Q, 2014 Results

Ensco plc  today reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.93 in third quarter 2014, up 16% from $1.66 in third quarter 2013. Adjusted for a $0.

Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Update

A consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United,

Maritime Safety

USCG Cutter Diligence Returns

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. While on patrol, Diligence served as the

Industrial Pressure Washers Kill Viruses

Water Cannon pressure washers utilized to fight influenza - clean and sanitize large areas Water Cannon Pressure Washers deliver a wide swath of low pressure 180 degree F.

Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security

Planning and execution of port and maritime safety and security in Caribbean region is all about partnerships Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3214 sec (3 req/sec)