Orders and income at Norwegian ballast water management system (BWMS) maker Optimarin are both more than 50% higher so far this year than a year ago.
In a statement today (29 May), Optimarin chief executive Tore Andersen said that the company has signed contracts this year to supply 50 of its Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBSs), compared with “more than 60” for the whole of 2017. That figure made last year “our best ever year in business,” he said, “so we honestly didn’t expect to outperform last year’s figures so comprehensively.”
While claiming that this demonstrates “the market’s faith” in its UV technology, he also suggested that it showed “that shipowners and operators are now being galvanised into action by the ratification of IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.” He believes that “owners around the world are aware they are under pressure to act on this major environmental issue.”
His statement did not offer details of specific orders, but listed “recent agreements” with Besiktas Shipping, Eureka Shipping, Solvang, Koyo Kaiun and Ahrenkiel.
Optimarin has so far sold nearly 600 OBSs of which “around 140” have so far been installed, its statement said.