USCG winners report BWMS order boost

Optimarin's has reported a surge in interest since its OBS became the first ballast water management system to receive full US type approval Optimarin's has reported a surge in interest since its OBS became the first ballast water management system to receive full US type approval

Optimarin and Alfa Laval have reported an increase in orders after becoming two of the first system suppliers to receive US Coast Guard type approval for their ballast water management (BWM) systems.

Norwegian UV system supplier Optimarin has signed a new agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for the delivery of two 500m3/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). The fresh agreement will see both systems installed on an 155,000-barrel capacity clean products barge, with delivery scheduled for August 2018.

CEO Tore Andersen noted of the USCG approval granted in early December: ““We were already busy, but since that point enquiries have gone through the roof and our order pipeline is developing at a rate that has surprised even us. We expect to have more orders to announce in the very near future.”

Meanwhile Alfa Laval, which received US type approval on 23 December, reported that its PureBallast 3.1 system has been selected by STAMCO Ship Management “as a direct consequence” of the USCG certification. The agreement for 11 retrofitted systems on ro-ro vessels is expected to generate orders worth around €2.2 million, to be booked in the first quarter of 2017.

Anders Lindmark, head of Alfa Laval PureBallast, Alfa Laval Marine Division, said: “This order is directly tied to the USCG type approval of PureBallast. Since the type approval was announced, Alfa Laval has seen a clear increase in the number of inquiries about the system.”

The Motorship is seeking a progress report from Ocean Saver, the last of the three companies so far to receive USCG type approval. This article will be updated.

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