Optimarin to supply 10 more BWT systems for Höegh Autoliners

Tore Andersen, ceo of Optimarin Tore Andersen, ceo of Optimarin

Optimarin has inked a new agreement with Höegh Autoliners for 10 retrofitted ballast water treatment (BWT) systems, a contract that follows previous individual orders over the past two years for the shipowner’s ro-ro fleet.

Optimarin’s USCG-approved, UV-based BWT systems are now set to be onboard 15 Höegh Autoliners’ ro-ro fleet.

Tore Andersen, ceo of Optimarin, commented that the “really satisfying aspect is that they’re reordering more of our units because they know they work – day in, day out, delivering optimal, globally compliant operations for their vessels.”

Andersen added: “In a segment that is still somewhat defined by teething troubles with technology – a survey by ABS in 2017 revealed that almost half of installed systems weren’t operating properly – our simple, easy to install and maintain technology is the market proven choice. This order is living proof of the faith industry leaders have in our systems and that’s immensely gratifying.”

Höegh Autoliners will receive the first of its 10 units this month, with a delivery schedule that rolls out installations through to 2023. All of the Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) will boast 500-cubic metre capacities.

The latest order follows less than a month after Optimarin signed one of its biggest contracts to date for the delivery of 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping.

Read more about Ardmore Shipping's order of Optimarin's BWT systems

Optimarin has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with global engineering partners Goltens and Zeppelin.

The USCG-approved OBS system was recently selected for the coastguard’s newbuild Offshore Patrol Cutter programme.

OBS satisfies all IMO and USCG requirements, with certification from a range of classification societies including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR and MLIT Japan. Current customers include GulfMark, Hapag Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, MOL, Saga Shipholding, Seatruck, Technip and The Royal Netherlands Navy.

Posted 30 October 2018

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Lee Hong Liang

Asia Correspondent

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