Cruise ships now have a complete waste solution, thanks to Wärtsilä's latest development, which is able to handle dry waste, complementing the company's portfolio for managing wet waste.
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The new vessel to be built for Saga Cruises will be equipped with a new total waste management system from Wärtsilä.

The overall "full treatment" solution will provide the vessels with an environmentally clean, safe, and energy efficient means of handling their effluent and garbage.

The Wärtsilä equipment utilises new membrane technology that is particularly energy efficient, with energy savings of up to 50% over conventional membrane systems.

"Wärtsilä offers a complete range of environmental solutions that meet both current and anticipated maritime regulations. Our waste treatment systems are state-of-the-art in terms of both technology and energy efficiency," Kevin Robertson, general manager, Water Systems Wärtsilä Marine Solutions said.

The new total offering for both black and grey water waste, as well as disposing of dry and food waste has been ordered for one new vessel to be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard for British cruise operator Saga Cruises. The order for the Wärtsilä equipment was placed in September, with an option for a second vessel.

"Saga Cruises and Meyer Werft are both important customers, and we have tailored the solution for these ships to meet their specific needs and requests," Robertson said.  

Each vessel will be fitted with:

  • Wärtsilä's Advanced Wastewater Treatment system, including grease traps, buffer tanks, and membrane bioreactors;
  • Wärtsilä's Dry Waste Disposal system, including densifiers, glass crushers, bale compactors and storage;
  • Wärtsilä's Food Waste Vacuum system, including feeding stations, shredders, collection tanks, vacuum stations, decanters with flocculation, and food waste chutes;
  • Wärtsilä's Bio-Sludge Treatment system, including a de-watered bio waste silo, decanters with flocculation, a dryer, and a dried bio-sludge silo; and
  • Wärtsilä's Dry Garbage system, including shredders, a dry waste silo, and incinerator.

"We have a good relationship with Wärtsilä and are very familiar with the high quality of their solutions and the excellent level of support we can expect from them. Having a single supplier for the complete handling of all waste, both wet and dry, means fewer interface challenges which adds value to the project," Meyer Werft's Bernd Wiltfang said.

When completed, the 236-metre long vessels will offer capacity of 999 passengers. They will sail in some of the world's most environmentally protected sea areas, including the Baltic Sea and Alaskan waters.