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Wärtsilä has secured a contract to provide Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS) for Bernhard Schulte’s eleven container vessels.

Delivery under this contract is expected to begin this year and is scheduled to complete in 2017.

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions ballast water management systems director Dr Joe Thomas said: "This significant order is a clear indication that the major ship owners are actively securing procurement for quality BWMS in anticipation of ratification of the IMO’s ballast water treaty.

"Wärtsilä has both experience and deep know-how in this field, and can offer reliability and long term support to ensure that customers have the optimal solution for their specific needs."

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The Bernhard’s eleven vessels range in size from 2600teu to 5600teu and the installation of BWMS will be managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement through its offices in Greece, Hong Kong, India and Singapore.

"Wärtsilä has both experience and deep know-how in this field, and can offer reliability and long term support."

Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV BWMS performs a simple, two-stage process involving filtration and UV irradiation.

Bernhard Schulte is currently planning to retrofit 38 of its ships over the next five years. The company has successfully implemented BWMS on its newbuildings delivered since 2012.

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In March this year, Wärtsilä received an order to provide its Aquarius BWMS for eight, new 33,000dwt chemical tankers currently under construction in Asia.

Each chemical tanker will be equipped with two Wärtsilä Aquarius UV systems, in a partnership approach with the shipyard.

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