Optimarin builds on Fednav support

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

22 November 2018

Canada's largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group, Fednav, has more than doubled its support for Optimarin ballast treatment systems with a new order.

Optimarin has signed a new contract to supply seven of its USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems. Five of the units will be fitted on existing vessels within the 63-strong Fednav fleet, with two deliveries set for newbuilds. The order comes on top of agreements for five units made last year, signalling a growing relationship between the two organisations.

With recent orders for multiple systems from Höegh Autoliners, Ardmore and USCG (for their new Offshore Patrol Cutter programme), Optimarin is moving closer to the 700 units sold mark, with more than 500 installed and operational. Dana Wandschneider, Fednav’s Manager, Owned Fleet, says this proven pedigree, alongside full IMO and USCG approval, was a key factor in the initial decision-making process. Since then the company’s attitude and professionalism has led the working relationship to blossom.

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.