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2015-09-04

Wärtsilä Oyj Abp: Wärtsilä wins large retrofit contract for Ballast Water Management Systems

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 4 September 2015 at 10 am EET

Eleven container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH&Co. KG, based in
Germany, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water
Management Systems (BWMS). This is one of the largest single retrofit
contracts thus far issued for BWMS solutions. The contract was signed in
July.

"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. We are grateful to our agents in Germany, Wilhelm Rump KG, for their
valuable assistance in finalising this contract," says Dr Joe Thomas,
Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

According to Bernhard Schulte GmbH&Co, following the successful implementation
of BWMS on the new buildings delivered since 2012, as well as two pilot
retrofits on older tonnage, the company decided to proceed in a proactive
manner for the fleet in operation. With 38 of the ships scheduled for BWMS
retrofit over the next 5 years, the company deemed Wärtsilä to be a credible
partner with the required capabilities and resources to support throughout
the first portion of this sizeable project.

The eleven vessels to be retrofitted are managed by the affiliate Bernhard
Schulte Shipmanagement through its offices in Greece, Hong Kong, India and
Singapore. All are container carriers and range in size from 2600 TEU to 5600
TEU. Delivery of the Wärtsilä systems will commence this year and will be
completed in 2017. Wärtsilä and Bernhard Schulte have increased their
cooperation in the recent years both in the retrofit and in the newbuilding
project sectors.

The importance of BWMS

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 (International Maritime Organization)
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

Link to image(Photo: shipspotting.com)

Caption: The 'Cap Ines' will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be
retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution.

Media contacts:

Mr Craig Patrick
General Manager, Sales, Ballast Water
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions
Tel: +44 1202 662 840
craig.patrick@wartsila.com

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager Marketing, Communications, Marine Solutions
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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