Optimarin to retrofit world’s only purpose built monohull accommodation vessel
Optimarin has won a contract to install its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on Østensjø Rederi’s Edda Fides, the world’s only purpose built monohull accommodation vessel. The Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist secured the business following on from the success of a previous installation on the firm’s Edda Fortis in 2015.
Edda Fides, which is operated by Østensjø Rederi`s subsidiary Edda Accommodation, is a world-class multipurpose accommodation and service ship, with a 600 bed capacity, 1400m² deck area, advanced offshore crane, and helicopter deck. Constructed in 2011, it serves the oil and gas industry worldwide, using its DP3 specification to work in close proximity to offshore installations.
The system has now been dispatched to Galveston USA, where installation will be completed by the end of Q1 2016.
Optimarin, which has focused exclusively on BWT since its formation in 1994, has now sold over 370 OBS units, with more than 270 installed.
In addition to its upcoming USCG approval, expected in autumn this year, the system is fully approved by IMO and certified through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.
Shipowners that have chosen Optimarin’s environmentally friendly UV-based technology include Saga Shipholding, MOL, Grieg Shipping Group, Gulf Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Atlantis Tankers, NYK, Nor Line, and Evergreen Marine Corp, amongst others.