The contract will see MARCAS, V.Ships’ contracting association, promoting Optimarin’s system to some 650 ships managed by the business.
Optimarin is already calling the deal “a game-changer”, as it opens a new business channel capable of delivering a substantial number of orders for the Norwegian company.
“This is a real breakthrough for us, with absolutely huge potential,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “The fact that one of the most respected names in the shipping industry, controlling such a diverse global fleet, has signed Optimarin as its preferred partner for BWT is a powerful endorsement of our simple, flexible and reliable system.”
The firm’s OBS unit (Optimarin Ballast System), which is based on effective filtration and UV irradiation technology, will now be actively promoted as the BWT solution of choice for V.Ships managed assets under 52,000dwt. This encompasses a diverse fleet of cargo-carrying vessels, such as bulk and chemical tankers, through to specialized ships, including seismic and offshore vessels.
SeaTec, V.Ships’ technical product division, conducted a comprehensive evaluation of competing BWT technology before choosing OBS as its preferred fleet solution.
Franck Fallet, MARCAS General Manager adds: “The IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention may not be in force as yet, but its ratification is inevitable and that will lead to a rush to install BWT systems. “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."