Optimarin, a Norway-based provider of Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) systems, has signed an agreement with UK-based V.Ships to deploy the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) in its ships.

Under the deal, V.Ships’ contracting business MARCAS will promote the company’s OBS unit in around 650 ships managed by the business.

The V.ships’ fleet includes cargo-carrying vessels such as bulk and chemical tankers, and specialised ships including seismic and offshore vessels.

The OBS unit, which is based on filtration and UV irradiation technology, will be actively promoted as the BWT solution for V.Ships’ managed ships weighing under 52,000dwt.

V.Ships, through its technical product division SeaTec, evaluated the BWT technology before selecting OBS for its fleet.

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said many large ship owners have sizable and sophisticated technical departments and may feel they can make their own evaluations of the BWT market.

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"But for ship owners that are of a scale where they must focus on their core business, SeaTec’s complete confidence in their technology will be very persuasive," Andersen added.

MARCAS General Manager Frank Fallet said "SeaTec went to great lengths to assess the market and identify the right product for our members. Optimarin’s was, quite simply, the perfect fit due to its effective technology and ease of installation and maintenance. By signing this agreement now we’re giving our members the peace of mind that we have done our research and we have an excellent system that is ready for installation."

MARCAS consolidates purchasing power for around 1,400 vessels from 24 member companies including Stolt Tankers, BP Shipping and Portline, amongst others.

Image: A ship pumping ballast water. Credit: US Coast Guard.