Royal Caribbean International has selected Norway’s Optimarin to supply ballast water treatment (BWT) systems for three of its cruise ships.
As part of the arrangement, Optimarin has already retrofitted its United States Coast Guard (USCG) compliant Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) on-board two of the Royal Caribbean ships, including Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.
Optimarin is scheduled to retrofit the third vessel, Grandeur of the Seas, with its BWT system in the first quarter of next year.
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said: “The fact Optimarin has been selected provides not only an endorsement of our simple, reliable and market-proven UV-based technology, but also demonstrates that world leaders turn to us when it comes to ensuring total global compliance.
“We have always been a regulatory frontrunner since our very foundation in 1994, and were the first manufacturer to achieve full USCG approval in December 2016.”
The OBS features a modular nature and can be installed and retrofitted on any vessel type.
The system is designed to use a combination of automatic backflushing, self-cleaning filters and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to deactivate all potentially invasive species in the water.
Last month, Optimarin secured an order to provide seven OBSs to Canada-based ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering company Fednav.
Of the systems, five will be retrofitted on current vessels and the remaining two will be fitted on newbuilds.