China State Shipbuilding (CSSC) subsidiary Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute has entered into a manufacturing license agreement that enables the company to make Wärtsilä Aquarius electro-chlorination (EC) ballast water management system (BWMS).

CSSC will also gain access to technology and rights to manufacture the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS under licence for applications to its customers.

In addition, the company will manufacture the BWMS system for sale and installation with its newbuild and retrofit projects.

"This is another landmark agreement forming an important new partnership in China."

As part of the two-way deal, Wärtsilä will also have access to CSSC’s new manufacturing facility, supporting supply and demand needs for the Wärtsilä BWMS direct to Wärtsilä customers.

The company will retain ownership of the Aquarius EC technology and all other related intellectual property rights.

The products, to be developed by CSSC under the newly signed agreement, will be supplied with Wärtsilä type approval.

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Wärtsilä marine solutions ballast water management systems director Dr Joe Thomas said: “This is another landmark agreement forming an important new partnership in China.

“It facilitates the supply of Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS to a significant provider in the Chinese marine market, both for new shipbuilding and retrofit projects.

“By combining the strengths of our two companies, we can more effectively meet the growing demand for EC BWMS for medium to large vessel applications.

“Our combined global service networks also ensure that the BWMS units are fully supported wherever and whenever needed.”

Using a two stage process including filtration and EC Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS provides of ballast water treatment technology, which works in various operating and environmental conditions.

Earlier this month, Wärtsilä announced that it has developed a new comprehensive offering to handle dry waste in cruise ships.

Image: Deal signing between Wärtsilä and CSSC. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.