Wartsila Teams Up with CSSC to Manufacture Aquarius EC BWMS
Wärtsilä has signed a manufacturing license agreement with Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), based in Jiujiang, China.
The two-way agreement provides CSSC with access to technology and the rights to manufacture the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) under license for applications to CSSC customers. In return, Wärtsilä gains access to CSSC’s new manufacturing facility, thereby further supporting supply and demand needs for the Wärtsilä BWMS direct to Wärtsilä customers.
Wärtsilä retains ownership of the Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) technology and all associated Intellectual Property Rights, while CSSC will manufacture the system for sale and installation with CSSC newbuild and retrofit projects. CSSC is the largest group of shipbuilding companies in the world with a significant need for robust BWMS technology for their Chinese and international customers. The system will be supplied with Wärtsilä Type Approval.
The agreement has a 6 year initial term. The two companies will support each other in delivering the BWMS technology to a broader customer base, and in providing long term global service support and sales of spare parts for the companies’ combined customer base.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS provides robust technology for the treatment of ballast water using a simple two stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination (EC). It is effective in all operating and environmental conditions. The system is easy to integrate and maintain, and is type approved according to the IMO Convention and has an Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance certificate from the United States Coastguard (USCG).