Optimarin wins fleet agreement with Carisbrooke

Optimarin has signed a fleet agreement with UK-based Carisbrooke for its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS).

The deal has the potential to encompass OBS retrofits on the firm’s entire fleet of 46 bulk and multipurpose vessels.

“Our retrofit expertise was absolutely key here, as was the reliability, flexibility and market proven success of our UV-based technology,” said Tore Andersen, Optimarin’s CEO.

He continued: “We’ve been 100% focused on ballast water treatment since our formation in 1994 and, with the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention now imminent, forward-thinking shipowners who appreciate this unparalleled expertise are signing up for fleet agreements.”

The company’s USCG approval is scheduled for later this year and Optimarin said this played a decisive part in securing the deal with a number of Carisbrooke vessels trading in US waters.

Martin Henry, fleet technical director at Carisbrooke, said: “There were multiple factors at play. USCG compliance is critical for our trading routes, as is the operational and supply chain reliability of technology itself.”

“Optimarin are clever, experience and have focused exclusively on this sector for many years. Their expertise, and the modular nature of the system, will be essential when it comes to retrofitting vessels with small engine rooms and very limited available space,” he concluded.

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