Optimarin’S 167 m³/h, United States Coast (USCG)-approved ballast water treatment (BWT) technology has been fitted to the Norwegian Polar Institute’s newbuild research vessel Kronprins Haakon.
The vessel will undertake year-round scientific assignments in ice-covered waters. According to Optimarin, the fitment of its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) system will ensure optimal environmental stewardship, eliminating all organisms carried in ballast water, and complete global compliance.
Optimarin chief executive Tore Andersen said his firm is thrilled to play a role in a project that is important both for Norway and the wider world.
“Kronprins Haakon is Norway’s first purpose-built polar research vessel in 100 years and a vital tool in society’s quest to understand, and protect, the fragile polar and marine environments,” he said. “With such an important mission it is crucial that it operates with optimal reliability, efficiency and environmental standards, and therefore requires high quality and market-proven equipment and systems.
Kronprins Haakon is owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute, with the Institute of Marine Research assuming operational responsibility, while the Arctic University of Tromsø will be the main user.
The NOK1.4Bn (US$167M) ship can break through 1 m-thick ice, has 15 laboratories, a moonpool, and is equipped for ROV, AUV and helicopter operations
Accommodation on-board can house up to 17 crew members and 35 scientists, while the ship has the capacity to operate for 65 days at a cruising speed of 15 knots.
It is Norway’s first purpose-built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s Maud, built in 1917.
The news comes at a busy time for Optimarin, the world’s first company to install a commercial BWT system on-board a cruise ship in 2000 (Princess Regal) .
At the end of October, the Norwegian-headquartered firm signed a retrofit agreement with Höegh Autoliners for 10 systems, after agreeing a contract with Ardmore Shipping for 36 BWMS, while also recently receiving news that its technology was the choice of the USCG itself for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter programme.
Optimarin reports it has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with global engineering partners.
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.