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Optimarin has won an order to install its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on nine Sinopacific Shipbuilding Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTS).

Østensjø Rederi has contracted Optimarin for installation of its ballast system - OBS - on multipurpose accommodation vessel Edda Fides.

Norwegian supplier Optimarin has won a contract to provide systems for eight existing vessels and two newbuilds, from chemical tanker owner Atlantis Tankers Group and its Turkish management arm Armona Denizcilik.

After nearly two months of uncertainty it is now clear the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will not be coming into force in 2016.

Panama, the world’s largest ship registry says it has begun the accession process for the Ballast Water Management (BWM) and the Hong Kong Conventions.

The US Coastguard (USCG) “kill” standard for microorganisms in ballast water must be the focus for shipowners, Optimarin has argued.

Confirmation of entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention is not now expected till early 2016 despite a flurry of ratifications in late November.

New-York-based shipowner Liberty Maritime has chosen Ecochlor Ballast Water Management (BWM) systems for installation aboard its fleet of seven bulkers and two ro-ro vessels.

De Nora Water Technologies (DNWT) in China is seeing a growing demand for ballast water treatment system (BWTS) retrofits.

It now seems a racing certainty that IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will come into force in late November 2016 after Morocco yesterday became the latest control to formally ratify the legislation, with Finland poised to follow suit.

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