Wärtsilä will upgrade the world’s largest residential yacht, The World, with an advanced wastewater treatment system and navigation and communication system.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based residential ship, owned by its residents and managed by ROW Management, awarded the contract to Wartsila in November.
The installations will be made in April.
The World is a 196.35m ship with 165 luxury houses owned by residents from 19 countries.
Launched in 2002, The World has circumnavigated the globe, with its next destination being Brazil. She will sail for 21 days from 6 to 27 February, and visit Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Búzios, Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza.
Wärtsilä Environmental Solutions vice-president Juha Kytölä said: "The MBR system being supplied for this very special vessel will enable it to comply with the very stringent regulations relating to wastewater discharge.
"Being a retrofit project, we had to design the system to fit the existing space.
"This created something of a design challenge, but our experience and know-how allowed us to meet the customer’s needs and provide an optimal solution.
"Similarly, the navigational system represents the very latest technology."
Wärtsilä Hamworthy Membrane BioReactor (MBR) wastewater system will enable the vessel meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) guidelines enforced to reduce pollution caused by ships.
The system is suited to treat household waste water, and monitor discharges to the sea.
The treatment process is based on biological degradation and membrane separation.
Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system is a fully integrated system aimed at enhancing navigation and external communication purposes.
It employs an integrated hardware and software platform and offers a range of navigation and automation applications.
The system is fitted with an ice radar.
She is propelled by two 12-cylinder and three 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines.
In 2016, The World will touch 104 ports of call across Northern and Western Europe, Antarctica, South America and Australia, covering approximately 39,000 nautical miles.
Image: The World moored at Hong-Kong. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.