Monday, February 22, 2016

Ballast Water Treatment Systems Essential in Vessels Other than Container Ships and Tankers

After a Fishing Fleet Order Heavy Duty Tugs are Also in the Order Book
Shipping News Feature
NORWAY – CHINA – UAE – Tugs are the pit ponies of the maritime trade and Norwegian based Optimarin continues to diversify in its range of customers with the latest order for its ballast water treatment systems to be installed into nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels instead of the usual container ships or, as recently, a ten unit order from Atlantis Tankers or even the firm’s first foray into the fishing sector, with US group Fisherman’s Finest trawler fleet.

The nine AHTS vessels, designed by Sinopacific’s Shanghai Design Associates specialist OSV team, will be operated by ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). With a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, alongside an advanced electric propulsion system, the SPA80A designs are tailored to meet the unique demands of offshore work in the busy Arabian Gulf. Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, explains more about the new order:

“These vessels are state of the art and designed to excel in the region’s shallow waters, high temperatures, salinities and humidity. This will ensure optimal quality, reliable operations, and Sinopacific wanted a BWT system to match. The fact that the systems are modular, and therefore easy to install on vessels where space is at a premium, such as an AHTS, provides another compelling selling point. Sinopacific is a leading player in this sector and we’re obviously delighted that they recognise the same qualities in Optimarin.

“We can now point to more than 270 installed systems, out of a total of over 370 confirmed orders, illustrating both the expertise of our people and the proven success of our environmentally friendly UV technology. With the upcoming full USCG approval of our system, expected in autumn this year, and our vast experience of both newbuild and retrofit installations, we think we’re perfectly placed to offer shipowners and yards the best in BWT. That means complete system performance, compliance and peace of mind for the future.”

Offshore industry provides a sizeable contribution to Optimarin’s fortunes with names such as Gulf Offshore, Technip, Deep Sea Supply, Siem Offshore and Island Offshore, amongst others in the order books. In addition to its upcoming USCG approval, OBS is fully approved by IMO and certified through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.