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Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Aquamec serves Africa with Watermaster

In Africa, everyone is talking about access to water and the purification of water, but not about the maintenance and the cleaning part of natural water resources. Today, it is more common to hear about the increased threat of water hyacinth and vegetated rivers, of silted dams and polluted fresh water sources due to the work of human and industrial waste and dump that have been left to deteriorate for years. We are losing our rivers and lakes, fish and other aquatic animals and flora as well as waterways.

Aquamec is the creator and technology leader in the field of mobile multi-purpose dredgers. Its Watermaster is a specifically-designed multipurpose machine, which cleans and maintains shallow water environment such as dams, lakes, ponds, rivers, canals, seashores and industrial pools.

“The African continent has become the most growing region for our products in recent years, said Antti Kalliola, Vice President of Sales at Aquamc, explaining the ins and outs of Watermaster to a group of journalists from the Suomi/Africa network at the firm's head office in Säkylä, Finland. "Watermasters are used in many environmental and industrial applications around Africa - such as flood prevention, river and lake restoration, removing vegetation caused by eutrophication, cleaning polluted urban canals and maintaining industrial pools and mining ponds."

Specifically, Watermaster's capabilities include: suction dredging, backhoe dredging, raking & pile driving – all from dry ground to 6 meters depth. Watermaster is truly amphibious in all work modes, capable of operating in water, wetlands and on dry ground – able to reach and work at the most challenging sites.

Watermaster is the best solution on the market for demanding environmental restoration and construction projects in shallow waters

Mobilising the Watermaster is easy. The machine is independent, and requires no wire-cables, separate anchors or assisting technology. It can load and unload by itself, and it is transportable as a complete unit. It also has its own propulsion system, four stabilisers and a flexible boom. Anchoring and operating in water are also quick and independent.

A true salesman, Kalliola said, “Hence, Watermaster reduces investment, operational and maintenance costs since one machine does the work of many separate machines.”

According to Kalliola, Watermaster is the best solution on the market for demanding environmental restoration and construction projects in shallow waters. The unique mobility, heavy-duty versatility and field-proven reliability, supported by Aquamec's service network, make Watermaster the smart solution for hard work.

“Watermaster is basically a one-man operation. No assisting vessels, extra labour, separate anchors, wire-cables or winches are needed," said Jani Hägg, a graduate engineer, who has been building Watermasters for the past 14 years, who met Suomi/Africa on the company's factory floor. Asked if he likes his job, he said, “Yes, definitely! It is very nice here, and you can do a lot of things with the machines. The machines make a lot of difference, such as in clearing waterways.”

The company's ‘Service Promise' covers spare parts, field service and training. Watermaster has a centralised stock and an order received before noon is in most cases shipped on the same day. What is more, the field service engineers are available for troubleshooting, practically anywhere in the world. Technical assistance is also given on a hotline available during office hours.

The Watermaster concept has been continuously developed since 1986, and it is now a proven serial product manufactured in Finland. Aquamec's production plant is accredited with the internationally-recognised ISO 9001 quality certification and the ISO 14001 environmental certification from Lloyd's Register.

At this point in time, Aquamec manufactures over 200 machines annually, and Watermasters operate all over the world. According to Kalliola, Watermaster technology is currently solving shallow water challenges with hundreds of units in over 60 countries worldwide.

 

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