Royal Caribbean looks to Optimarin for global compliance
Royal Caribbean International, one of the world’s leading cruise ship operators, has chosen Optimarin to provide its USCG compliant Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for three flagship vessels. The Norwegian - based ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist has now retrofit ted its market proven technology on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas , with installation on Grandeur of the Seas set for Q1 2019.
“An agreement of this nature with a world renowned operator is very special,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “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 fact Optimarin has been selected provides not only an endorsement of our simple, reliable and market proven UV - based technology, but also demonstrates that world leaders turn to us when it comes to ensuring total global compliance. We have always been a regulatory frontrunner , since our very foundation in 1994, and were the first manufacturer to achieve full USCG approval in December 2016.
Optimarin has now sold approximately 700 OBS units, with more than 500 installed and operational, of which approximately 250 are retrofits. Alongside full IMO and USCG compliance, OBS has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV - GL, LR & MLIT Japan. Current customers include Fednav, GulfMark, Hapag Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, MOL, Ardmore, Seatruck, Technip, and the Royal Netherlands Navy, amongst others.