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FEDNAV RETURNS TO OPTIMARIN FOR BWMS

Thursday, November 22, 2018 

Fednav, Canada's largest ocean-going drybulk shipowning and chartering group will take supply of seven of its USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems. Of the seven, five units will be installed as retrofits, with the remaining two units earmarked for newbuilds. The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year.

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen said the company initially ordered one retrofit and four newbuild units last year and have now decided to roll out further installations.

“In a technology segment that is still in its infancy, with varying degrees of reliability, Fednav, along with other leading shipowners, are opting for a system they know they can trust.”

Dana Wandschneider, Fednav’s Manager, Owned Fleet,  said: “We operate our vessels in a wide variety of conditions and locations worldwide, making ballast water treatment a complex procedure. Optimarin has been committed to understanding our challenges and, when necessary, works towards improving their system based on user feedback.

“As a company we are committed to delivering a higher standard of quality and environmental stewardship. We create and institute rigorous controls and processes, implementing and carefully leveraging technology and developing strategic partnerships with other industry leaders, like Optimarin, to provide the best reasults for our stakeholders and society in general. We always look to work with suppliers that share these core values.”

Optimarin made its initial retrofit delivery to Fednav earlier this year, with global engineering partner Goltens installing an OBS on Federal Kumano at MPG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria. The first newbuild orders concerned projects at Oshima shipyard in Japan. OBS has now been successfully retrofitted in over 200 vessels.

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