Record year for ballast water treatment specialist

Tore Andersen: “I think the fact that OBS was the first system to gain full USCG approval in late 2016 acted as a catalyst” Tore Andersen: “I think the fact that OBS was the first system to gain full USCG approval in late 2016 acted as a catalyst”
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A Norwegian-headquartered ballast water treatment specialist says it had its best year ever in 2017 delivering more than 60 of its USCG compliant Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) to customers.

In addition, Optimarin recorded a healthy pretax profit and saw continued investment provide a solid platform for on-going growth as shipowners geared up to comply with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

“I think the fact that OBS was the first system to gain full USCG 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,” said Tore Andersen CEO, Optimarin.

“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.”

More growth

With 2017’s orders accounted for, Optimarin has sold to date 550 systems, with around 440 delivered worldwide.

Backed by a stable group of investors, with ambitious long-term plans, Mr Andersen said the next few years will see these numbers increase significantly again.

To support shipowners, and differentiate the business, Optimarin made a bold move in November 2017 when it decided to back up its faith in its own technology by launching the BWT sector’s first five-year guarantee.

OBS is fully approved by both IMO and USCG, with certification through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, RINA, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan and American Bureau of Shipping.

Current Optimarin customers include The Royal Netherlands Navy, Seatruck, Saga Shipholding, Technip, GulfMark, MOL, Solstad Farstad and Hapag Lloyd.

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