for retrofitting Optimarin’s Ballast System (OBS). The deal provides shipowners with a complete BWT package, offering them proven BWT technology, alongside first-class engineering and installation services across the globe. Optimarin and Goltens have a lengthy and successful track record of collaboration.
Since first working together in 2011, the duo have installed, or are in the process of installing, a total of 54 retrofitted BWT systems on a broad variety of vessels up to 60,000 dwt. However, this is the first time they have signed a concrete understanding – a move that, according to Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen, provides customers with a new level of reassurance ahead of the ratification of the IMO’s BWM convention. “With nations representing 32.54% of global tonnage having now ratified the treaty, the 35% target needed to enforce it is within touching distance,” Andersen states. “That will trigger a wave of demand for compliant BWT systems, and shipowners need to plan to ensure their vessels are catered for – on time, with systems and engineering