Optimarin has secured a contract to provide seven Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) for vessels operated by Fednav, a Canada-based ocean-going dry-bulk shipowner and chartering company.

Of the seven units, five will be installed on existing vessels and the remaining two will be fitted on newbuilds, which include projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan.

The deal is in addition to an order for five OBSs placed by Fednav last year.

Fednav Owned Fleet manager Dana Wandschneider said: “We operate our vessels in a wide variety of conditions and locations worldwide, making ballast water treatment a complex procedure.

“Optimarin has been committed to understanding our challenges and, when necessary, works towards improving their system based on user feedback.”

Fednav currently operates a fleet of 63 vessels, including ice-class bulk carriers.

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Earlier this year, Fednav’s Federal Kumano was retrofitted with an Optimarin OBS. Optimarin’s global engineering partner Goltens installed the unit on the Fednav vessel at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria.

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said: “Fednav is an established, family owned and first-class supplier of innovative maritime transport solutions within the dry-bulk niche.

“Over 200 vessels have been retrofitted with Optimarin OBS, which has received certification from various classification societies.”

“With customers and routes in North America and around the world, the firm is dedicated to providing optimal service and requires proven ballast water treatment (BWT) systems that ensure complete global compliance.

“They initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units last year and have now decided to roll out further installations.”

So far, over 200 vessels have been retrofitted with Optimarin OBS, which has received certification from various classification societies such as American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV-GL, and others.

The OBS has also been approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and United States Coast Guard (USCG).