Optimarin delivering ballast water treatment systems, expecting 2018 increases
Optimarin has revealed that 2017 was its best-ever year in business. The Norwegian-headquartered ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist delivered more than 60 of its U.S. Coast Guard-compliant Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) and saw continued investment provide a solid platform for ongoing growth.
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said: “We’ve been exclusively focused on developing BWT solutions for almost 25 years, but we’ve never been as busy as we were in 2017. I think the fact that OBS was the first system to gain full Coast Guard approval in late 2016 acted as a catalyst, with shipowners choosing us for worldwide compliance and fleet flexibility, added to a proven track record of reliable operations.”
“Our experience of retrofitting has also been key. We’ve now performed more than 130 retrofit installations, so owners know we are a trusted choice for ensuring that existing ships comply, no matter what space restrictions they have,” he added.
With 2017’s orders accounted for, Optimarin has now sold 550 systems, with around 440 delivered worldwide. Andersen said the next few years will see these numbers increase significantly, as shipowners move to comply with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.