USCG Approval Boosts Alfa Laval and Optimarin

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

07 February 2017

As US Coast Guard (USCG) approval of their ballast water treatment (BWT) systems, two suppliers - Sweden’s Alfa Laval and Norway’s Optimarin - have received new orders in anticipation of the BWM Convention’s entry into force.

Marine Safety Center has issued ballast water management system (BWMS) type-approval certificate to Optimarin AS.

Optimarin has signed a new agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. for the delivery of two 500 m³/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS).

The contract, identical to one secured last year, comes at a busy time for the Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist, which has seen order enquiries go “through the roof” since securing U.S. Coast Guard type approval in December.

Alfa Laval says that its PureBallast 3.1 system has been selected for ballast water treatment on vessels owned by Piraeus, Greece, headquartered Stamco Ship Management, thanks to USCG approval.

Under the agreement, PureBallast 3.1 ballast water management systems will be retrofitted on eleven RO/RO vessels in the Stamco Ship Management fleet. Stamco Ship Management made its decision following the type approval of PureBallast by the USCG.

With the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entering into force in September 2017, the issue of supplier capability has become urgent in other areas as well.

Other manufacturers – even those which have not yet received type approval – have also reported rising sales inquiries from ship-owners now that the first Coast Guard approvals are complete. It is not just the availability of approved systems – the Coast Guard is also pressing owners to work on compliance from an early date.