• 2018 November 8 15:04

    Optimarin installed its USCG-approved ballast water treatment technology on the Norwegian Polar Institute’s newbuild research vessel

    Optimarin has today revealed that it has installed its USCG-approved ballast water treatment (BWT) technology on the Norwegian Polar Institute’s newbuild research vessel Kronprins Haakon. The 100m long, Fincanteri-built, state-of-the-art PC 3 icebreaker will be christened on 17 November, before going on to undertake year-round scientific assignments in ice-covered waters. Its 167 m³/h Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) will ensure optimal environmental stewardship, eliminating all organisms carried in ballast water, and complete global compliance.

    Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, says his firm is thrilled to play a role in a project that is important both for Norway and the wider world.

    “Kronprins Haakon is Norway’s first purpose-built polar research vessel in 100 years and a vital tool in society’s quest to understand, and protect, the fragile polar and marine environments,” he says. “With such an important mission it is crucial that it operates with optimal reliability, efficiency and environmental standards, and therefore requires high quality and market proven equipment and systems.

    “OBS, with its simple, effective and ‘tried and tested’ UV-based technology is the perfect solution in this regard. It promises leading global compliance, trouble free maintenance and long-term performance, day in, day out. As such the vessel crew and scientists can concentrate on what’s really important – operating in challenging conditions and gathering data – safe in the knowledge their BWT system is always working to protect the environment.”

    Kronprins Haakon is owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute, with the Institute of Marine Research assuming operational responsibility, while the Arctic University of Tromsø will be the main user. The NOK 1.4 billion (USD 167 million) ship can break through 1m thick ice, has 15 laboratories, a moonpool, and is equipped for ROV, AUV and helicopter operations. Accommodation on-board can house up to 17 crew members and 35 scientists, while the ship has the capacity to operate for 65 days at a cruising speed of 15 knots. It is Norway’s first purpose built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s 'Maud' in 1917.

    The news comes at a busy time for Optimarin, the world’s first company to install a commercial BWT system (in 2000 on-board the Princess Regal). At the end of last month the Norwegian-headquartered firm signed a retrofit agreement with Höegh Autoliners for 10 systems, after agreeing a contract with Ardmore for 36, while also recently receiving news that its technology was the choice of the United States Coast Guard itself for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter programme.

    Optimarin has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with Global Engineering partners. OBS has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan.




2019 May 23

09:39 NOVATEK signed MoU with Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,059 points
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:08 Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala
08:25 Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG

2019 May 22

18:05 CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service
17:50 RF Government approves rules for collecting port investment dues from ship owners in Russian seaports
17:38 The University of Calabria and Finсantieri ink training agreement
17:05 CMA CGM PAD-Service delivers first Zespri kiwifruits to the port of Zeebrugge
16:44 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:05 Jinling Shipyard in China orders 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines for Baltic RoPax newbuilding
15:31 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-Apr’19 fell by 3.5% to 3.89 million tonnes (table)
15:09 Rob Grool appointed new CEO at ZEABORN Ship Management
14:45 CMA CGM to upgrade its EUROSAL XL service between North Europe, the Caribbean and South America West Coast
14:29 InterMoor wins 2 mooring installation contracts from COOEC
14:04 Comprehensive drill held at CPC Marine Terminal
13:28 Astrakhan branch of Ship Repair Center ‘Zvezdochka’ launches rescue towboat SB-427 for RF Defence Ministry
13:09 DOF, KONGSBERG, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE join forces to deliver ‘Intelligent Efficiency’ for offshore operations
12:52 Gazprom Neft develops partnerships with leading cruise operators
12:27 New standard Cyber Security Clause agreed by BIMCO’s Documentary Committee
12:09 PETRONAS floating LNG Satu achieves its first LNG drop post relocation
11:44 ESPS Navarra provides maritime security training in Seychelles
11:09 Hamburg Süd christens “Polar Ecuador” in Antwerp
10:51 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 34% Y-o-Y to 275,500 tonnes
10:30 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 16% Y-o-Y to 3.94 million tonnes
10:08 Austal partners with Fred. Olsen on next generation MARINELINK Smart technology rollout
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,049 points
09:37 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:37 WesCom Signal and Rescue showcases its commitment to safety training at Nor-Shipping 2019
09:20 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.62% to $71.73, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.82% to $62.61
09:08 West Africa Container Terminal makes further investment in equipment
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 22
08:08 Ocean Yield takes delivery of two modern Ultramax dry bulk vessels with 11-year charters

2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel