Optimarin secures further US BWT orders
Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a two-system contract with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
The agreement will see two 500 m³/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) fitted on a single clean products barge.
Tore Andersen, CEO, Optimarin, said: “Our system is technically proven, with almost 300 units installed worldwide, and number one for compliance. That is a key selling point for owners and yards that want their vessels to meet all regulatory demands now and into the future.”
The two new systems will be installed on FBS Hull 785, a 185,000 barrel capacity barge for retail chain Wawa, for delivery in November 2017.
Optimarin submitted its final documentation for USCG type approval in late September - a move that John Mauger, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center (MSC), called “an important milestone” for protecting US 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.
Mr Andersen confirms added: “The USCG development is really pushing awareness of our offer onto another level though, with sales up over 200% year-on-year and around 120 systems ordered in 2016 alone.”
“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.”
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