Optimarin has consolidated its position within the EX approved ballast water treatment (BWT) segment with a 10 vessel contract from Atlantis Tankers Group and its management arm Armona Denizcilik. The Norwegian BWT specialist will now provide its market proven solution to two new-buildings and the eight existing vessels in the Turkish controlled fleet.
Optimarin has recently been in the news as the first UV system supplier to pass the USCG’s marine water tests, with full USCG approval expected this spring. But its technology is also generating interest for its full EX approval, satisfying all Zone 1 ATEX requirements for operation in hazardous areas. This was key to Atlantis Tankers, which transports a variety of cargoes, including organic and non-organic chemicals, clean and dirty petroleum products, and vegetable and lube oils.
The systems are now scheduled for installation in the newbuilds Atlantis Augusta and Atlantis Alicante in 2016, with the eight-system batch set for delivery in 2019. Installation on the existing fleet will take place during special survey dry docking over 2019/2020. The tankers range from 3,446 to 6,416 dwt and are all designed for the transport of IMO II classified chemical cargoes.
This latest order brings the number of systems sold by Optimarin up to 364 units, with more than 270 installed. Of these more than 60 have been retrofits.
Alongside Atlantis Tankers, Optimarin provides its BWT solution to shipowners such as Saga Shipholding, MOL, Grieg Shipping Group, Gulf Offshore, Farstad Shipping, NYK, Nor Line, and Evergreen Marine Corp, amongst others. In addition to its full EX and upcoming USCG approvals, Optimarin systems are fully approved by IMO and are certified through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.