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2015-05-27

Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Wärtsilä wins Ballast Water Management Systems order for three new container vessels

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 27 May 2015 at 10.30 am EET

Wärtsilä has received another important order for its Ballast Water Management
Systems (BWMS). Three new container ships being built for a major European
shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China will be fitted with Wärtsilä
Aquarius UV BWMS. The order was placed with Wärtsilä in the first quarter of
2015.

Wärtsilä will deliver the BWMS equipment to the first vessel at the end of
2015, and for the other two ships during 2016. This latest contract follows
the order placed last year from the same company, where Wärtsilä BWMS
equipment was installed into three 2100 TEU container ships built in Asia,
and which were delivered in December 2014.

Each of the three vessels will be fitted with a 500m3 capacity Wärtsilä
Aquarius UV BWMS. This system utilises a two-stage approach involving
filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. Wärtsilä has
already obtained IMO Type Approval and Alternate Management System (AMS)
acceptance from the US Coastguard (USCG) for this system, and work to achieve
full USCG Type Approval for all products in the Aquarius BWMS range commenced
early in 2014.

"Ballast water management is an important feature of the overall emphasis on
environmentally sustainable shipping. Wärtsilä has always paid great
attention to working in close cooperation with the customer to ensure that
the selected system is appropriate for the ship and its operating profile,
and this has been the case here as well. We have enjoyed working closely with
the owners and with the Jinhai Shipyard, and have received excellent support
in planning this project," says Lars Bo Kirkegaard, General Manager, BWMS
Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

Ballast Water was a hotly debated topic at the recent MEPC 68 meeting in
London as the industry eagerly awaits ratification of the International
Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Ballast Water Convention. Several states,
including Argentina, India, Belgium and Indonesia, have declared that they
are in the process of ratifying this legislation. The IMO Secretary General
has reiterated that as the barriers to ratification are being discussed and
answers developed, the Ballast Water Convention should be ratified before the
end of this year. Credible suppliers with robust ballast water management
systems have already began the application process for USCG (United States
Coastguard) type approval, and Wärtsilä is already fully engaged in this
process.

Shipping is an international business with vessels travelling to and from
different parts of the world. The ballast water that ships need is,
therefore, taken on and discharged as required to ensure that the ship
remains a safe operating platform. Thus, the ballast water can be taken from
a body of water in one part of the world and discharged in another. Carried
with the water is inevitably a host of microscopic marine organisms and
plants, which unfortunately do not all adapt easily to their new environment.
Those that do survive, however, can thrive, attack, and harm the local
species and environment. When scientists brought their concerns to the world
stage, the focus resulted in the IMO introducing the 2004 Ballast Water
Management Convention. In 2013, the USCG introduced VGP 2013 legislation
relating to ships sailing in US waters.

Read more about Wärtsilä's ballast water management systems here:
Link to Wärtsilä Aquarius UV and EC on wartsila.com

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Caption: The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management system utilises a
two-stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection
technology.

Media contacts:

Mr Lars Bo Kirkegaard
General Manager, BWMS Sales
Wärtsilä Ship Power
Tel: +44 1202 662686
larsbo.kirkegaard@wartsila.com

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Ship Power
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel: +358 10 709 1439
marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com

Wärtsilä in brief:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the
marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total
efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of
the vessels and power plants of its customers.
In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately
17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in
nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
Helsinki, Finland.
www.wartsila.com

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