Fast growing ballast water equipment manufacturer ERMA FIRST has acquired German marine water specialist RWO GmbH.
Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Bremen, RWO provides water and wastewater treatment systems for ships, ports and offshore installations and is a market leader in bilge water separation systems. RWO’s product portfolio includes the treatment of drinking and process water, oily waters, ballast, wastewater as well as a comprehensive range of after sales spare parts and services. Over 16,000 ships have been equipped with RWO’s oil water separators since 1975.
ERMA FIRST Managing Director Konstantinos Stampedakis said:
“This is a win for ERMA FIRST and a win for RWO’s customers and staff. We have acquired a world leader in water treatment systems for the shipping industry with a strong customer base and a reputation for excellence and reliability. We ourselves have a track record of innovation with our ballast water technologies and are well known for our high-quality engineering and customer first ethos. We are committed to building on the past 46 years of RWO experience and help take the company, its products and people to the next level of international success.”
“All RWO products will continue to be made and engineered in Germany and there will be no changes to RWO’s engineering workforce or global aftersales network. Service agreements with all current customers remain unchanged.”
RWO’s product range includes systems and monitoring for:
- Bilge water treatment
- Sewage treatment
- Ballast water treatment
- Process water treatment
Since its launch in 2009, ERMA FIRST has installed its ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on more than 2,500 ships. Over the last 14 years, ERMA FIRST has set the standard for effective ballast water treatment with superior operational readiness, build quality and ease of use. ERMA FIRST is widely recognised as one of the top BWTS makers worldwide.
About ERMA FIRST
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Greece, ERMA FIRST is an experienced manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWΤS). The ERMA FIRST FIT system is an advanced modular system which can be installed on both newbuilds and as a retrofit. Covering an extensive capacity range from 50 to 3600m3/hr and holding USCG Type Approval, ERMA FIRST FIT is an ideal solution for all types of ships.
ERMA FIRST is the winner of the Lloyd’s List Technical Achievement Award (2013) and the Green4Sea Technology Award (2016).
ERMA FIRST provides sales, maintenance and training services to its clients via a global network of offices in 46 countries.
For more than 45 years the RWO experts develop, design, manufacture and service high-quality technologies for water treatment onboard ships and offshore installations, both for new installations or retrofitting.
The product portfolio includes the treatment of drinking and process water as well as pollution prevention equipment such as oily waters, ballast, wastewater as well as a comprehensive range of after sales services.
RWO is the worldwide market leader in the treatment of marine oily water separation. The main offices are located in Bremen, Germany.
RWO’s international network of more than 40 qualified sales/service stations ensures short communication links between customer and manufacturer, making it the ideal partner for companies in the maritime sector.