Norwegian Car Carriers chooses Optimarin BWMS
Two pure car truck carriers (PCTCs) under construction for Norwegian Car Carriers (NOC) at Hyundai Samho shipyard will be fitted with 667m3/h capacity ballast water management systems (BWMS) from Optimarin, the technology supplier has revealed.
The DNV GL-classed vessels, for delivery in late 2016 and early 2017, will be amongst the most advanced in their segment, with heavy capacity ramps (150 tonnes) and four hoistable decks. Some decks will feature special safety zones, allowing the ships to carry vehicles featuring new energy solutions including pressurised hydrogen and natural gas.
Tore Andersen, CEO of Optimarin, said the company’s established track record played a key role in securing the contract. “We’ve been exclusively focused on producing simple, reliable and flexible BWMS solutions since our formation in 1994,” he said. “We’re now in a position where we’ve sold over 350 of our Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) worldwide and installed over 270.”
Optimarin claims its system, employing back-flushing filters and UV irradiation, is the market leading BWMS solution for ships up to 60,000dwt. The system – said to offer a small footprint and easy, modular installation - is IMO approved, has US Coast Guard (USCGA) alternate management system (AMS) acceptance and is currently undergoing a full programme of USCG approval testing. It is certified through DNV GL, Bureau Veritas, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and China Classification Society.
Earlier this month the Norwegian technology company announced a retrofit order for 11 systems to an undisclosed Asian owner in the containership segment.
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