Wisby and Hoegh retrofits for Optimarin
Tore Anderson: “The modular nature of OBS makes it easy to retrofit on any vessels”
Optimarin has signed contracts with Wisby Tankers and Hoëgh Autoliners to install its market proven Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on five existing vessels.
The agreement, which comes six months after the Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist became the first company to win USCG approval, will see Optimarin fitting units on three bitumen tankers for Wisby and two Hoëgh Autoliners RoRo ships.
Bearing in mind the trading patterns of the two, Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said that complete global compliance was of paramount importance.
“Any shipowner looking for optimal flexibility for their fleets must install BWT systems that are compliant with the very strictest regulations, which, in this case, are those of the USCG,” he said.
“The modular nature of OBS makes it easy to retrofit on any vessels – even those where space is of an absolute premium, such as it is on these specialist ships.”
The three Wisby Tankers will see 500 m3 systems installed, while the Hoëgh Autoliners vessels will install capacities of 344 m3 and 500 m3. All systems utilise powerful 35kW UV lamps to ensure the elimination of all potentially invasive waterborne organisms.
These contracts, when completed later this year, will take the total number of Optimarin retrofits beyond the 110 mark.
Optimarin works in partnership with Goltens, Zeppelin Power Systems and shipyards worldwide to install OBS on both existing vessels and newbuilds. The firm has so far received orders for over 500 systems, with more than 400 already delivered.
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