Optimarin consolidates Fednav relationship with retrofit and newbuild orders

Optimarin has signed a contract to supply seven of its U.S. Coast Guard-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) to Fednav, Canada’s largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowner and chartering group. Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the Fednav’s 63-vessel fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds. The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year, signalling a growing relationship between the two market leaders.

“Fednav is an established, family-owned and first class supplier of innovative maritime transport solutions within the dry-bulk niche,” says Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “With customers and routes in North America and around the world, the firm is dedicated to providing optimal service and requires proven ballast water treatment (BWT) systems that ensure complete global compliance.”

With recent orders for multiple systems from Höegh Autoliners, Ardmore and U.S. Coast Guard (for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter program), Optimarin is moving closer to the 700 units sold mark, with more than 500 installed and operational.

Dana Wandschneider, Fednav’s Manager, Owned Fleet, says this proven pedigree, alongside full IMO and Coast Guard approval, was a key factor in the initial decisionmaking process. Since then, the company’s attitude and professionalism has led the working relationship to blossom.

He notes: “Open, honest and straightforward communication has been the core of our relationship with Optimarin. We operate our vessels in a wide variety of conditions and locations worldwide, making ballast water treatment a complex procedure. Optimarin has been committed to understanding our challenges and, when necessary, works towards improving their system based on user feedback.”

Fednav has been in operation for 75 years, building a network of offices on four continents and a leading position in both international shipping as well as on the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes. With extensive activity in the Canadian Arctic, the company currently boasts the world’s largest fleet of ice-class bulk carriers.

Optimarin made its initial retrofit delivery to Fednav earlier this year, with global engineering partner Goltens installing an OBS on Federal Kumano at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The first newbuild orders concerned projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan.

To see an Optimarin and Fednav retrofit in action, click here.

Maritime Editorial