Optimarin passes IMO and US Coast Guard ballast water treatment tests
BALLAST water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has successfully completed testing of its system in accordance with IMO G8 while upgrading its existing US Coast Guard (USCG) approval certificates
BALLAST water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has successfully completed testing of its system in accordance with IMO G8 while upgrading its existing US Coast Guard (USCG) approval certificates.
A demonstration of the Norwegian Optimarin Ballast System's (OBS) tests was conducted with two different filters simultaneously, reported London's Tanker Operator.
'In a shifting regulatory landscape we wanted to send out a clear message that we are ahead of the curve, satisfying all requirements so owners and operators have one less thing to worry about,' said Optimarin CEO Leiv Kallestad.
Optimarin was first company to install a commercial maritime system in 2000, the Stavanger, Norway-based team was also the first to achieve full US Coast Guard approval.
Optimarin has now sold 1,000 of its UV-based systems, with more than 650 installed and operational, of which 40 per cent are retrofits.
Customers include Royal Caribbean International, Fednav, GulfMark, Hapag Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, the Danish Navy, MOL, Seatruck, and Technip among others.
Tests were conducted at the NIVA testing facility in Norway over 10 months till July, with classification society DNV GL operating as the designated Independent Laboratory.
In total, 36 tests were run for three salinity conditions (fresh, brackish and marine water), with zero interruption or mechanical issues recorded.
DNV GL is now undertaking final evaluation and documentation of the tests ahead of full regulatory application and completion.
The company said OBS has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organisations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR, CCS & MLIT Japan.