Norwegian BWT company Optimarin announced that secured contacts with Wisby Tankers and Hoëgh Autoliners, to provide its USCG type-approved Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) to five vessels.
In particular, the three Wisby Tankers will see 500 m3 systems installed, while the Hoëgh Autoliners vessels will install capacities of 344 m3 and 500 m3. All systems utilize powerful 35kW UV lamps to ensure the elimination of all potentially invasive waterborne organisms.
“The modular nature of OBS makes it easy to retrofit on any vessels – even those where space is of an absolute premium, such as it is on these specialist ships. That was crucial for both Wisby and Hoëgh Autoliners, as it will be for all companies looking to ensure their ships comply with the IMO’s ratified Ballast Water Management convention”, said Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen.
As installing BWT systems with compliant technology has become really essential, Tore Andersen urged companies to plan the best, safest and most compliant way forward for their vessels.
Optimarin has been dedicated to the development of BWT systems since 1994, becoming the first ever company to install a commercial system in 2000, on board cruise ship Princess Regal. The company was also the first to receive USCG approval for its ballast management systems, six months ago.