The new product enables compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit 2013 legislation which comes into force on 19th December 2013. From this date all commercial vessels over 79ft operating in US waters will be required to use EALs in all oil to water interfaces unless deemed technically infeasible to do so. At least 10 – 20 % of all merchant vessels trade and tonnage wise in the world operate in US waters.
“The new Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring represents the latest development in this field. It conforms with the latest EPA legislation relating to the use of EALs within stern tube seals. On the global scale, the introduction of this product is fully in line with the marine sector’s rapidly developing move towards greater environmental sustainability,” says Mr Ryu Onishi, Managing Director, Seals and Bearings Wärtsilä Japan.
In addition to new shipbuilding applications, the Wärtsilä Bio Seal Ring can also be retrofitted to existing vessels. The first deliveries of the product will take place in October of this year.
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 maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2012, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.
Wärtsilä Corporation, press release