Atlantis Tankers Group and its owner Armona Denizcilik AS have placed an order for ten EX-approved ballast water treatment systems from Optimarin
The Norwegian BWT specialist is providing its market proven solution to two new-build and eight existing vessels in the Turkish-managed tanker fleet.
After being the first supplier of ballast water treatment systems, Optimarin has adapted its OBS to be suitable for operation in hazardous areas. The Det Norske Veritas (DNV) approved solution meets ATEX requirements for Zone 1, Temp. class T4 and gas group IIC.
Optimarin has recently been in the news as the first UV system supplier to pass the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) marine water tests, with full USCG approval expected in 2016.
This, along with the wider compliance, a proven track record and market experience was key to sealing the deal with Atlantis Tankers and Armona Denizcilik, which transports a variety of cargoes, including organic and non-organic chemicals, clean and dirty petroleum products, and vegetable and lube oils.
Two systems are scheduled for delivery in March and June 2016 for ‘Atlantis Augusta’ and ‘Atlantis Alicante’, currently being built at the Selay and Selah Shipyards in Turkey.
The remaining eight EX-systems are scheduled for delivery in 2018 / 19, and will be ready for retrofit installation on the existing fleet during special dry dock surveys in 2019 / 2020. The tankers range from 3,446dwt to 6,416dwt, and are all designed for the transport of IMO II classified chemical cargoes.
With the growth of the Atlantis Tankers Group fleet focused on the future, Optimarin’s ballast water treatment systems will support its success, ensuring compliance, reliability and environmentally responsible operations.