SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 — Sandnes, Norway, headquartered (BWTS) specialist Optimarin has booked one of its biggest orders to date. It is to supply 36 systems to Cork, Ireland, headquartered Ardmore Shipping. The units will be fitted in18 advanced chemical and product tankers, with deliveries due to commence in February next year.
Ardmore will fit two Ex approved units in each vessel. Optimarin won the order after Ardmore had a less than positive experience with other BWTS systems.
“We have ten vessels with alternative systems that were installed at newbuild shipyards and have encountered a series of operational problems,” says 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 U.S. 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.”
Optimarin’s system was the first to receive U.S. Coast Guard type approval and Ardmore’s decision follows on the heels of the announcement that Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has selected Optimarin to supply the BWTS for nine U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) to be built at its Panama City, FL shipyard. A
“To secure a contract of this nature, from an owner of Ardmore’s standing, so soon after the USCG decision is a dream come true,” says Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “It clearly illustrates the momentum we are now building as forward thinking shipowners move early to comply with IMO regulations and safeguard the environment.”
Ardmore’s fleet ranges in size from 25,000 to 50,000 dwt. The firm transports petroleum products and chemicals worldwide with its modern, fuel-efficient mid-size tankers.
The Optimar units will be fitted on a rolling basis using 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.