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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Optimarin has been contracted to supply 36 ballast water treatment systems for installation to 18 chemical/product tankers operated by Irelandís Ardmore Shipping. It marks the largest single order for the Optimarin system to date. Two EX-approved units will be installed to each vessel.

“We have ten vessels with alternative systems that were installed at newbuild shipyards and have encountered a series of operational problems,” said Gerry Docherty, Director, Fleet Management, Ardmore.

“These issues, which we believe are commonplace within the industry, impact heavily on system reliability. “As such we conducted a lengthy review of technology for the new installations and that led us to Optimarin. USCG compliance was key, as we are always ready to operate in US waters, reliability was paramount and a strong, professional relationship was crucial. This is not a one-off purchase, but a long-term partnership we’re entering into whereby we need to rely on our supplier’s expertise, technical understanding and ability to deliver on promises. Optimarin with its proven track record, technology and commitment to this segment was the clear choice. With Optimarin we’re now confident we have a long-term partner we can trust.”

Ardmore’s decision follows the announcement that the USCG will be using Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) on its next generation Offshore Patrol Cutters.

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen, pictured,  said: “To secure a contract of this nature illustrates the momentum we are now building as forward thinking shipowners move early to comply with IMO regulations and safeguard the environment.

“Our track record of reliability, our 100% focus on BWT, and our long-term vision, backed by five-year parts and servicing guarantees for framework agreements, is positioning us as the first choice for leaders in the shipping industry. That clearly describes Ardmore, and we’re looking forward to providing them with globally compliant, proven and effective OBS across their first class portfolio.”

Ardmore’s fleet ranges in size from 25,000 to 50,000dwt. The firm transports petroleum products and chemicals worldwide with its modern, fuel-efficient mid-size tankers. The BWT units, the first systems in the market to achieve full USCG approval, will be fitted on a rolling basis across a selection of strategic partner shipyards with whom Ardmore has existing relationships.

Once completed, the contract will take the number of Optimarin systems retrofitted beyond the 200 mark. The firm, which has been exclusively focused on BWT since its formation in 1994, has now sold over 650 systems with over 500 installed and operating.

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