• 2016 November 2 13:54

    Optimarin secures further US BWT orders as USCG approval approaches

    Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin says it has secured a two-system contract with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The agreement, which will see two 500 m³/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) fitted on a single clean products barge, further underlines the firm’s segment leadership ahead of its imminent USCG approval.

    “The ability to trade in US waters is key to global shipowners who want flexibility for their fleets,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “Our success in satisfying all of USCG’s stringent testing requirements demonstrates that we are the clear choice for businesses, like FBS’ valued customers, who want compliant, quality and care-free operations in national waters and beyond.

    “Our system is technically proven, with almost 300 units installed worldwide, and number one for compliance. That is a key selling point for owners and yards that want their vessels to meet all regulatory demands now and into the future. We’re very pleased to confirm this latest contract with FBS and hope to announce more agreements with shipowners trading in US waters soon.”

    The two new systems will be installed on FBS Hull 785, a 185,000 barrel capacity barge, for delivery in November 2017. US convenience retail chain Wawa, which has more than 645 stores (over 365 with petrol forecourts), is the end customer. Alternative Marine Technologies (AMTECH) of Stamford, Connecticut, will control project management and construction supervision, with class by ABS and USCG inspection.

    Optimarin submitted its final documentation for USCG type approval in late September - a move that John Mauger, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center (MSC), called “an important milestone” for protecting US waterways.

    The firm, which has currently received orders for nearly 500 of its environmentally friendly UV-based systems, expects to hear confirmation of approval within the next few weeks.

    This, Andersen confirms, is helping drive Optimarin to new heights within the industry:

    “We’ve focused exclusively on BWT since our formation in 1994,” he comments, “so our expertise is second to none and our technology has a proven track record of success. The USCG development is really pushing awareness of our offer onto another level though, with sales up over 200% year-on-year and around 120 systems ordered in 2016 alone.

    “We’re having notable successes with yards, like FBS, while our partnerships with Global Engineering leaders Goltens and Zeppelin, alongside the flexible and modular nature of our system, means we’re the first choice in our segments for retrofit.

    “With the recent ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention this is a crucial time for the industry. We’re proud to be in a position where we can help shipowners solve compliance issues, and achieve problem free BWT operation, worldwide.”

    As well as satisfying all IMO and USCG requirements, OBS is certified by a comprehensive range of classification organisations, including DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.

    In addition to FBS, Optimarin has received orders from a wide range of shipowners, operators and yards this year, including Atlantis Tankers, Vard Group, Saga Shipholding, Fisherman’s Finest, Solvang ASA, and Carisbrooke.




2019 October 23

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18:02 Tokyo MOU accepted Panama as the 21st member authority
17:35 Rosmorrechflot suggests providing subsidies and privileges to ship owners using LNG
17:02 Teekay and Teekay LNG announce resolution to China LNG joint venture issues
16:52 Damen signs contract with Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for third ASD Tug 2009
16:43 Side event on Women in Fisheries held at Torremolinos Ministerial Conference
16:21 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,770 in RF spot market
16:02 Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Government of St. Lucia sign MoU
15:37 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
15:02 Qatar Petroleum announces commencement of supply of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil at Ras Laffan Industrial City Port
14:56 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla participated in strategic command post exercise
14:14 Port of Zeebrugge posts results for Q3 2019
13:13 Abu Dhabi Ports breaks ground on new waterfront destination
12:40 Association of Legal Entities of “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” project held General Meeting in Tbilisi
12:12 Aker Solutions targets growth in low carbon and renewable energy
11:48 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant delivered survey ship of Project 3330 built for Volga Basin
11:26 Technological infrastructure of Vostochny Port's Phase 3 highly appraised by Indian delegation
11:04 Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding deliveres a 66,000 dwt type bulk carrier to Tomaros Navigation, Liberia
10:32 ASCO held meeting with representatives of Australian and Chinese companies
10:09 The world’s largest offshore wind farm welcomes Jan De Nul’s Voltaire to the project
09:50 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduced a new edition of the Container Rules set
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,806 points
09:15 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.49% to $59.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.83% to $54.03
09:08 CMA CGM implements Winter Surcharge on imports into St Petersburg, Ust-Luga & Bronka (Russia)
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 23
08:42 Europort 2019 launch led by shipowner summit

2019 October 22

18:09 Alfa Laval Aalborg boiler technology offers an easier path to LNG propulsion
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17:30 Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect team up with the NOx Fund to build digital emissions infrastructure
17:02 Total and Zhejiang Energy Group join forces to develop the growing low sulfur marine fuel market
16:48 North-Western Shipping Company carried 3.7 million tonnes of cargo in 9M’2019
16:25 Wärtsilä retrofit to reduce environmental impact of ferry operating in ecologically sensitive waters
16:02 McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7 bln of new financing
15:41 Latest Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels for Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited arrive in Nigeria
15:27 Victor Chernomyrdin icebreaker successfully completed sea trials
15:02 Deltamarin signs design contracts with Merima
14:44 Pella shipyard started mooring trials for lead crab catching vessel of Project 03070
14:10 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
13:02 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S upgrades EBITDA expectation for 2019
12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,846 points
08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
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17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
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