OptiMarin signs agreement with Allweiler

19 Jul 2010
From left to right - Pål Sanner, CEO, OptiMarin and Kaare Johansen CEO, Allweiler AS, Norway

From left to right - Pål Sanner, CEO, OptiMarin and Kaare Johansen CEO, Allweiler AS, Norway

Allweiler AS, Norway, a supplier of marine pump units and packages, has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with the leading ballast water treatment (BWT) solution provider OptiMarin.

OptiMarin and Allweiler AS, Norway confirm having six to ten major offshore support vessel BWT contracts projects underway, representing a huge potential in BWT and pump equipment and materials, installation and engineering services. The two companies estimate the market to peak at NOK 400 million per year for the next four years in the Norwegian offshore shipping market involving some 500 supply vessels that must be retrofitted with BWT systems by 2014.

According to both companies, the agreement has come about as a direct consequence of an increasing demand by shipowners and shipyards for tailor-made package solutions, configuring engine room and cargo pumps with BWT systems.

Under the terms of this agreement, Allweiler will distribute OptiMarin’s BWT system, OptiMarin Ballast System (OBS) in Norway, to Norwegian owners operating globally and selected international clients. OptiMarin will partner with Allweiler on a contract-to-contract basis as determined by the two companies.

“The sale and installation of BWT systems represents one of the biggest business booms the ship equipment industry has ever witnessed when the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments comes into force. I have never seen anything like this before. I am pleased that OptiMarin has chosen Allweiler,” says Kaare Johansen, ceo, Allweiler AS, Norway.

“It is our impression that few owners are aware of the fact that BWT systems are mandatory as of 1 January, 2009 for all vessels constructed (i.e. keel laid) and which have a ballast capacity of less than 5,000m3,” says Johansen. “Our partnership with OptiMarin provides Allweiler the opportunity to offer our customers access to the best BWT system available in the market, thus generating a real improvement of our overall proposition,” he says.

Allweiler’s high pump performance levels, zero disruption to existing installations and close contact with leading offshore shipping owners were major reasons driving OptiMarin’s choice. “Together with Allweiler, we can leverage a broad network of shipowners and shipyards, and offer the offshore vessel market a total BWT system solution unmatched by other suppliers,” says Pål Sanner, ceo, OptiMarin.

The OptiMarin Ballast System (OBS) can easily be installed in existing or new ships and can handle flows up to 3,000 m3/h. The system is well suited for a total range of vessels from offshore AHTS and PSV to small handy size carriers, Handymax, Panamax, Capesize and cruise vessels.

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