Hoëgh Autoliners has awarded Optimarin several individual ship contracts for ballast water systems and has now announced the USCG type-approved, UV-based ballast water management system is going on board 15 ships within the firm’s advanced roro fleet.
“This is arguably the kind of contract we value most,” commented Optimarin chief executive Tore Andersen. “The fact that Hoëgh Autoliners is an established global leader in its segment is one thing, but the really satisfying aspect is that they’re reordering more of our units because they know they work – day in, day out, delivering optimal, globally compliant operations for their vessels.
“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 the market-proven choice. This order is living proof of the faith industry leaders have in our systems and that’s immensely gratifying.
“We believe it’s the effect of trying our technology – once you have there’s no going back.”
The order follows less than a month after Optimarin signed one of its biggest contracts to date, for the delivery of 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping.
Optimarin has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational.
Over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with global engineering partners Goltens and Zeppelin.
Höegh Autoliners will receive the first of its 10 500-m3 capacity units this month, with a delivery schedule that rolls out installations through to 2023.
“We know Optimarin systems and their ability to perform,” commented Höegh Autoliners head of projects and newbuilding Jan Rune Mørken.
“Höegh Autoliners is a responsible shipowner with a commitment to deliver 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 the minimal of environmental impact on all our routes.”
Different types of ballast water management systems and their operation will be discussed by PureBallast head of customer support Jonas Alvan and De Nora’s global proposals manager Susanna Wyllie at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, Awards & Exhibition, 20-21 November 2018.