Norway-based Optimarin has secured an order from Höegh Autoliners to provide ten additional retrofitted ballast water treatment (BWT) systems.

The order follows previous individual deals over the past two years for Optimarin’s United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved and UV-based BWT systems.

As part of the new order, 15 RoRo vessels within Höegh Autoliners’ fleet will be fitted with Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS).

Höegh Autoliners Projects and Newbuilding head Jan Rune Mørken said: “Höegh Autoliners is a responsible shipowner with a commitment to deliver a high-quality service for our customers around the world.

“It’s therefore essential we team up with suppliers that share our vision and dedication, allowing us to sail safely, compliantly and with minimal environmental impact on all our routes.”

Höegh Autoliners is expected to receive the first of its ten OBSs this month. Installations of all units are planned to be carried out until 2023.

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The OBS will feature 500m³ capacities each.

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said: “In a segment that is still somewhat defined by teething troubles with technology, a survey by ABS in 2017 revealed that almost half of installed systems weren’t operating properly. Our simple, easy-to-install and maintain technology is a market-proven choice.

“Our simple, easy-to-install and maintain technology is a market-proven choice.”

“This order is living proof of the faith industry leaders have in our systems and that’s immensely gratifying.”

Less than a month ago, Optimarin was selected to provide 36 OBS units to Ardmore Shipping.

OBS is designed to abide by all the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and USCG. It has received certification from various classification agencies, including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV-GL, and others.

Optimarin has so far sold more than 650 OBS systems, with over 500 installed and operational on-board various ships.