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February 15, 2010

Wärtsilä partners with UV specialist to offer BWT system

Wärtsilä Corporation and London, Ontario, headquartered Trojan Technologies have signed an exclusive agreement to jointly develop, market, and distribute a ballast water treatment product for ships. The two hope to get synergistic benefits by combining Wärtsilä's marine market presence and from Trojan Technologies' leadership and experience in developing ultraviolet treatment solutions.

Trojan Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation of Washington, D.C. Trojan designs, manufactures, and sells UV systems for wastewater and drinking water facilities and for the removal of certain chemicals from water. With over 6000 municipal facilities in more than 80 countries using its technology, Trojan has the largest installed base of UV systems in the world.

The ballast water treatment product is presently in pre-production, with third-party validation to take place in late 2010. It is expected to enter the market at the end of the year.

According to the Global Ballast Water Convention, all vessels built prior to 2009 will need to install a certified ballast water treatment (BWT) system by 2014 or 2016, depending on the ballast water capacity of the vessel. Since 2009, all new vessels are required to install a BWT system. For the convention to come into full force, it must be ratified by 30 countries representing 35 per cent of the global fleet's deadweight tonnage. Currently 21 countries representing 23 per cent of the tonnage requirement have ratified, and full ratification is expected to occur in 2011.

"Ballast Water Treatment is becoming an important item on the environmental agenda for our customers, and therefore also for us," says Roger Holm, Vice President, Solutions Management, Wärtsilä Services. "Moving into this field is a natural step for Wärtsilä, and one that continues the development of our Environmental Services portfolio."

"Trojan is excited to partner with Wärtsilä in this endeavor," says Marvin DeVries, President of Trojan Technologies. "Trojan has a long history of innovation and leadership in the global UV industry, and we believe that our water treatment expertise, combined with Wärtsilä's strong presence in the marine industry, will enable the two companies to play a significant role in providing a compact, cost-effective and high performance system to address the emerging ballast water treatment market."


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