Wärtsilä in agreement with Chinese ship giant
Wärtsilä has signed a manufacturing license agreement with a subsidiary of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for the rights to produce and sell Wärtsilä’s Ballast Water Management System.
The two-way agreement gives CSSC the right to manufacture the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), while Wärtsilä can use the new CSSC manufacturing facility to stave off increasing demand from its own customers for the BWMS.
The BWMS uses Wärtsilä’s patented technology to treat ballast water discharged by ships in a two-stage process of filtration and electro-chlorination (EC) and remains effective in all environmental conditions.
“This is another landmark agreement forming an important new partnership in China,” says Joe Thomas, director of Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems.
“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.”
The license agreement was signed on December 5 with CSSC subsidiary, the Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute, and was effective immediately for a six year initial term.