Norwegian ballast water treatment system manufacturer, Optimarin, has now retrofitted two Royal Caribbean International cruise ships and will install a system on board a third vessel early in 2019.
Installations have been completed on board the Independence of the Seas and the Mariner of the Seas. The Grandeur of the Seas will be retrofitted within the next three months.
Commenting on the Royal Caribbean deal, Optimarin CEO, Tore Andersen, said: "An agreement of this nature with a world-renowned operator is very special. Royal Caribbean leads the cruise market in terms of passenger experience, vessels, service standards, and environmental performance, and these three ships are some of the 'stars' of their growing global fleet."
The privately owned company provides flexible modular treatment systems, based on UV and filtration, which can be retrofitted on almost any vessel, regardless of space restrictions. Optimarin completed the very first ballast water treatment system installation on board the cruise vessel Regal Princess in 2000 and was the first manufacturer to receive full US Coast Guard type approval in December 2016.
The company has now sold around 700 units, of which about 500 are installed and in operation. About half of these are retrofits.