The two-way agreement gives CSSC access to technology and the rights to manufacture the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) under licence for applications to CSSC customers. In return, Wärtsilä gains access to CSSC’s new manufacturing facility to supply 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.
“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,” said Dr Joe Thomas, director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“As a subsidiary of CSSC, our institute has strong design and manufacturing capabilities. We have easy access to the resources concerning shipbuilding and retrofits for marketing and sales of BWMS systems, and Wärtsilä, as a significant global marine equipment supplier, has great advantages in technical support and global after sales service. This milestone event represents a promising start to our two companies’ partnership,” said Zou Xiubin, director, Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute.
The agreement has a six year initial term.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS treats 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).