Höegh Autoliners has ordered another ten ballast water treatment systems from Norway’s Optimarin for installation on vehicle carriers within its fleet, bringing the total number to 15 systems.
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen expressed his pleasure at the repeat business. “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,” he said.
The order comes less than a month after the privately owned company won one of it biggest orders yet – a 36-system contract for product and chemical tanker operator, Ardmore Shipping. These latest orders take total orders for Optimarin systems to well over 650 units, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits installed in collaboration with global engineering partners Goltens and Zeppelin.
Andersen remarked on a recent ABS survey in which it was revealed that almost half of installed treatment systems don’t work properly. “Our simple and easy to install and maintain technology is the market-proven choice,” he said.
The Optimarin ballast water treatment system was the first system to be approved by the US Coast Guard (USCG). Based on ultraviolet and filtration technologies, it meets all IMO and USCG requirements and has recently been selected for new USCG offshore patrol cutters. Available with a five-year parts and service guarantee, the system has been chosen by a range of customers including GulfMark, Hapag-Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, MOL, Saga Shipholding, Seatruck, Technip and The Royal Netherlands Navy.