Optimarin secures further orders as U.S. Coast Guard approval approaches

Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a two-system contract with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The agreement, which will see two 500 m³/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) fitted on a single clean products barge, further underlines the firm’s segment leadership ahead of its imminent U.S. Coast Guard approval.

“The ability to trade in U.S. waters is key to global shipowners who want flexibility for their fleets,” said Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “Our success in satisfying all of the Coast Guard’s stringent testing requirements demonstrates that we are the clear choice for businesses, like FBS’ valued customers, who want compliant, quality and care-free operations in national waters and beyond.

“Our system is technically proven, with almost 300 units installed worldwide, and No. 1 for compliance,” he added. “That is a key selling point for owners and yards that want their vessels to meet all regulatory demands now and into the future. We’re very pleased to confirm this latest contract with FBS and hope to announce more agreements with shipowners trading in U.S. waters soon.”

The two new systems will be installed on FBS Hull 785, a 185,000-barrel-capacity barge, for delivery in November 2017. U.S. convenience retail chain Wawa, which has more than 645 stores (over 365 with petrol forecourts), is the end customer. Alternative Marine Technologies of Stamford, Connecticut will control project management and construction supervision, with class by ABS and Coast Guard inspection.

Optimarin submitted its final documentation for Coast Guard type approval in late September—a move that John Mauger, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center, called “an important milestone” for protecting U.S. waterways.

The firm, which has currently received orders for nearly 500 of its environmentally friendly UV-based systems, expects to hear confirmation of approval within the next few weeks.

“With the recent ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention this is a crucial time for the industry. We’re proud to be in a position where we can help shipowners solve compliance issues and achieve problem free BWT operation worldwide,” Andersen said.

As well as satisfying all IMO and Coast Guard requirements, OBS is certified by a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan and American Bureau of Shipping.

Maritime Editorial