• 2018 July 10 11:23

    DESS Aquaculture chooses Optimarin for newbuild wellboats

    DESS Aquaculture, a joint venture between Solstad Farstad and John Fredriksen’s Marine Harvest, has signed a contract to install Optimarin ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on its four newbuild 3,500m3 capacity wellboats. According to the company’s press release, the agreement pushes the number of systems sold by Optimarin so far this year beyond the 50 mark, with recent orders also received from Besiktas Shipping, Eureka Shipping, Solvang, Koyo Kaiun and Ahrenkiel, amongst others.

    The four ships, two of which are due for delivery in 2019, with their sister vessels following in 2020, are currently under construction at Sefine shipyard in Turkey. Each 82.25m, SALT Design vessel will have two holds for transporting live fish, with 500m3 ballast tanks, accommodation for 12 crew members and diesel electric propulsion. Once completed they will push DESS’s specialist fleet up to ten vessels.

    “This is an excellent contract to sign with an ambitious shipowner and operator that, although only launched in 2016, is making significant waves within its niche segment,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “It provides a clear indication that Optimarin is now a preferred supplier for forward thinking companies that are focused on environmentally responsible operations, with market proven, established and, thanks to our full USCG and IMO approval, 100% worldwide compliant technology.

    “These highly specialised vessels are designed with optimal performance and fish welfare in mind, so space on-board is of a premium. The modular nature of our powerful UV system makes it the perfect fit, while its simple technology, with no moving parts and easy maintenance, ensures it will provide problem free operations for these busy crews and ships. As a company we see huge growth potential in the aquaculture segment, so we’re happy to sign this agreement with such a respected, high profile player.”

    DESS has secured long-term contracts for all the newbuilds, commencing with immediate effect upon leaving the yard. On the decision to choose Optimarin, Kjetil Løseth, DESS Aquaculture Shipping Commercial Director, notes: “DESS and its owners are focused on providing high quality services to clients, with high quality vessels, at attractive prices. We therefore require the best, most reliable and compliant equipment to ensure optimal performance and vessel utilization.

    “Optimarin BWT systems tick all those boxes, while fulfilling our desire to operate with environmental responsibility to the fore. We look forwards to putting the vessels into service on schedule and continuing to build our position in this exciting shipping segment.”

    This latest contract means that Optimarin, which installed the world’s first commercial BWT unit in 2000, has now sold over 600 of its market leading Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). More than 140 of these have been installed as retrofits.

    “We’re delighted with the way business is developing,” concludes Andersen. “The ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management convention, added to our achievement of being the first system manufacturer to win full USCG approval has greatly accelerated the flow of system enquiries and orders. With the backing of our stable group of investors, and our unique five-year system guarantee on fleet agreements, we believe we’re well positioned to continue consolidating our leading position over the years ahead.”

    Current Optimarin customers include RCCL, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Technip, GulfMark, MOL, Solstad Farstad, Hapag Lloyd, Fednav, Höegh Autoliners, Foss Maritime, Milleville, and Institute of Marine Research, amongst others. OBS is fully approved by both IMO and USCG, with certification through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, RINA, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.




2019 February 15

18:05 Noble Corporation announces purchase of a second newbuild jackup rig from PaxOcean
16:57 Port of Goole powered by £1 million solar installation
16:26 ABP continues support of Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
15:30 Sea Cup 2019 preliminaries kick off in Kamchatka
15:04 CNIIMF authorized to confirm conformity of dangerous cargo containers
13:59 Nevsky Shipyard starts cutting metal for cargo-passenger ship of PV22 project
13:32 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 5,500 tonnes fish in Jan’2019, down 48% Y-o-Y
13:08 Fincantieri and Princess Cruises celebrate three construction milestones of three “Royal” class ships at the Monfalcone shipyard
12:45 Dredging under Sea Port Sukhodol project to exceed 7 mln cbm – details to be covered at the Congress
12:08 Port of Oakland import volume increased 9 percent January 2019
11:46 8 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
11:27 Okskaya Sudoverf lays down seventh dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
11:08 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
10:53 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in Jan’19 grew by 3.4% Y-o-Y to 11.19 million tonnes
10:29 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.63% to $64.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.57% to $54.72
10:08 EFIP welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament resolution on NAIADES II
09:41 Bunker prices are going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up down to 628 points
09:07 ICTSI inaugurates the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal
08:07 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the engines for a new harbour tug in Spain
07:41 Inmarsat announces new initiatives to support maritime, ports and logistics start-ups with Rainmaking and Bluetech

2019 February 14

18:03 Austal's LCS 20 completes acceptance trials
17:44 Royal Navy to discuss the future of unmanned and autonomous naval warfare at SMi's 3rd annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019
17:22 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in January 2019 fell by 26% Y-o-Y to about 190,000 tonnes
17:03 MOL Techno-Trade takes part in marine environmental protection program
16:25 VTB acquires 100% of Novorossiysk Grain Terminal from NSCP Group
16:03 Port of Virginia container volume up 8.9% to 134,638 TEU in January 2019
16:03 Expert expects uncertainty on global fuel market next week
15:49 “K” Line’s LNGC makes maiden call from Ichthys LNG Project to Naoetsu LNG Terminal in Japan
15:40 BSTDB to finance construction of Lavna coal terminal under agreement with STLC
15:21 2nd Conference “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” to be held under the auspices of RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry
15:03 ONE renewes own loading record exceeding 19000TEUs
14:33 Maersk and PBF Logistics LP announce agreement for production and storage of 0.5% sulphur fuel on the U.S. East Coast
14:02 Port of Long Beach volumes decrease 0.1 percent to 657,286 TEU in Jan 2019
13:50 Multipurpose Transshipment Complex to be built in Primorsk
13:32 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 5.4 percent to 852,449 TEUs in January 2019
13:02 Port of Rotterdam throughput volume up to 469.0 million tonnes in 2018
12:46 Supply vessel OCEAN COOPER 2 sinks in Singapore waters
12:25 Baltic Sea Region cruise ports commit to reducing negative ecological impacts
11:27 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:09 Port of Marseille-Fos to deliver the first phase of the subsea cable landing infrastructure by Q3 2019
10:31 9 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 13-14
10:09 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier for Minerva Gas
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.66% to $64.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $54.21
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is up to 608 points
09:08 ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry

2019 February 13

18:10 Shell and partners start deep-water production at Lula North in Brazil
17:46 OLT Offshore LNG Toscana Regasification Terminal works at almost full capacity
17:23 Excelerate’s Northeast Gateway Deepwater Terminal reached a peak send-out flow rate
16:58 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan’2019 fell by 8.9% Y-o-Y to 4.12 million tonnes
16:29 II HES and Dredging Forum to address deep-water routes to Sabetta and Novoportovsky terminal
15:57 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan’2019 fell by 2.4% Y-o-Y to 51.93 million tonnes
15:32 Throughput of Russian seaports in Jan'2019 grew by 5.6% Y-o-Y to 67.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
15:05 Bank VTB acquired 50 percent minus one share in United Grain Company
15:04 NYK conducts crisis-response drill with ONE
14:56 DNV GL and Metalships & Docks ink class agreement for luxury sailing vessel
14:03 WMU and Japan cooperate on advancing BBNJ discussions
13:37 New Freeport of Riga Development Programme provides for expanded port operations
13:14 MOL Chemical Tankers and Den Hartogh Logistics form strategic alliance
12:51 7 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 12-13