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Zeppelin Power Systems provides Ahrenkiel Steamship's AS Laguna with Optimarin ballast water treatment system
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Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
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No need for dry-docking, as Seatruck installs its own Optimarin BWT systems during normal service
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Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues
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Zeppelin Power Systems provides Ahrenkiel Steamship with Optimarin ballast water treatment system
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Zeppelin Power Systems provides Ahrenkiel Steamship's AS Laguna with Optimarin ballast water treatment system
Die Geschäftseinheit Power Systems des Zeppelin Konzerns erhält erneut einen Auftrag von Ahrenkiel Steamship für ein Optimarin Ballastwasserbehandlungssystem (OBS). Die bestellte Anlage OBS 334-370 BK hat eine Kapazität von maximal 334m³/h und wird im Februar 2018, sechs Wochen nach Vertragsabschluss, auf der AS Laguna installiert. Das Containerschiff ist weltweit im Einsatz und fasst 966 TEU. Zeppelin Power Systems ist offizieller Partner von Optimarin und hat im Jahr 2017 bereits drei Schiffe von Ahrenkiel Steamship mit Ballastwasserbehandlungssystemen ausgestattet. Die Käufe haben sich bewährt: „Wir haben sehr gute Erfahrungen in der Zusammenarbeit mit Zeppelin Power Systems gemacht und sind mit den bereits installierten Anlagen sehr zufrieden“, sagt Wolfgang A. Kempke, Head of Department Drydocking & Projects bei Ahrenkiel Steamship. „Vor allem das Kosten-Nutzen-Verhältnis sowie die simple Installation und Bedienung sprechen für die Systeme von Optimarin.“ Der Kunde hat sich für eine Turn-Key-Lösung entschieden, welche die vollständige Installation (mechanisch und elektrisch), Dokumentation sowie die Abstimmung mit der Klassifikationsgesellschaft umfasst.
Immer mehr Schifffahrtsunternehmen setzen auf einen nachhaltigen Schiffsbetrieb und fragen bei Zeppelin Power Systems Ballastwasserbehandlungssysteme von Optimarin an. Das norwegische Unternehmen ist als größter Anbieter dieser Anlagen bereits seit dem Jahr 2000 am Markt und hat 2017 den bisher größten Umsatz in der Firmengeschichte erwirtschaftet. Die Systeme entsprechen dem IMO D2-Standard und damit den Anforderungen aller gängigen Marine-Klassifikationsgesellschaften. Die Optimarin Technologie ist zudem die erste ihrer Art, die das Type Approval der United States Coast Guard (USCG) für Ballastwassersysteme erhalten hat. 
Die Anlage filtert das Ballastwasser zuerst und behandelt es im Anschluss effektiv mit nur zwei Mitteldruck-UV-Lampen mit einem breiten Leistungsspektrum. Die Behandlung funktioniert zuverlässig ohne den Einsatz von Chemikalien und Bioziden und trägt damit zum Schutz des Ökosystems bei. Durch hohe Oberflächentemperaturen von bis zu 800 °C am Quarzglas erzielt die Anlage einen selbstreinigenden Effekt, sodass Reinigungsmodule, Wischer und Abstreifer überflüssig sind.

Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
Optimarin has a unique track record in BWT. It was the first firm to install a commercial system, back in 2000 on-board the cruise ship Princess Regal, and the first to attain full USCG approval. It now boasts more than 330 installed units worldwide, of which over 150 are retrofits, with more than 520 confirmed orders. It’s this history of operational success that has prompted the innovative move.
“We thought it was time to demonstrate our long-term faith in our system and absolute commitment to this segment,” Andersen explains. 
“No other manufacturer offers a guarantee of this nature, but we can. So, if a shipowner signs a framework agreement with Optimarin for installation on multiple vessels, we will provide them with a five-year contract that covers all parts and servicing, worldwide. This is our promise of reliable, safe and effective operations, and, with our total regulatory compliance, complete peace of mind.”
Optimarin’s powerful UV-based system is simple to maintain, with no moving parts, and easy to install on almost any vessel, thanks to its modular nature. In fact, just last month freight ferry operator Seatruck revealed its own crews had installed five systems themselves while its vessels were undertaking operations, with no need to dry-dock.
“That’s the essence of Optimarin,” Andersen comments, “we’re here to make life as simple as possible for shipowners. And that’s exactly what this guarantee offers.”
He continues: “It also comes down to delivering the best value. We know our system is significantly cheaper to design for vessels than competing technology. Similarly, due to its simplicity, there are minimal maintenance requirements, and it is considerably cheaper to install - full stop. We have fast track deliveries available for many sizes, meaning reduced waiting time, and we can’t be beaten in terms of global compliance. As an all round proposition – taking into consideration reliability, simplicity, installation, track record, price and service - we believe we offer something no one else comes close to. The guarantee is, quite simply, ‘the icing on the cake’.”
Optimarin has the backing of a stable group of investors, which, together with its considerable orderbook, allows it to implement such long-term plans. Its system (OBS – Optimarin Ballast System) is widely acknowledged as setting the standard for the industry. As proof of this, global ship management services and training provider Anglo Eastern has installed two OBS at its training facilities, one in Manila and one in Mumbai, to train crew members ahead of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention coming into widespread force in 2019.
Optimarin customers include names of the order of The Royal Netherlands Navy, Saga Shipholding, Technip, GulfMark, MOL, Solstad Farstad, and Hapag Lloyd, amongst others. Its technology is fully approved by both IMO and USCG, with certification through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, RINA, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.

No need for dry-docking, as Seatruck installs its own Optimarin BWT systems during normal service
Seatruck runs a fleet of 10 advanced ferries, ranging in capacity from 65‐150 trailers,
with over 60 weekly departures. This regular sailing schedule, between set ports,
ensured the firm could call on local contractors to ‘hop on and off’ and carry out
whatever engineering work the crew themselves couldn’t manage. It was, as
Seatruck Fleet Director Ben Coppack points out, a very efficient way to undertake
the installation. “We wanted Optimarin systems because of their track record of quality and
approvals, but also because, with their modular nature and operational simplicity,
they’re easy to install,” he notes. “As a short sea operator we had the goal of
carrying out all the work while the ships were in service, with no downtime, thus
keeping costs as low as possible. “With the Optimarin systems and service – quickly responding to any queries or
issues we encountered – this wasn’t a problem. Our own crews actually performed
the vast majority of work themselves using Optimarin’s manuals. They were really
proud of the excellent work they did, and rightly so.“We’re very pleased we took this approach, ensuring port state compliance and BWT reliability ahead of regulatory demands.” Seatruck began installation onboard the 5,300 dwt Seatruck Progress in November
last year. The remaining four systems were installed between January and the end of
September this year. “This is the first time I’ve heard of a shipowner installing this number of systems
themselves while their vessels are in service,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore
Andersen. “It’s a testament both to their mission to provide optimal efficiency to
their stakeholders and customers, and to the simplicity of our environmentally
friendly, UV‐based System. “With the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management convention, and the
strict regulations imposed by the US Coast Guard, the entire world fleet needs to
find proven, effective and reliable systems to ensure compliant sailing. This has the
potential to create huge bottlenecks at yards – and obviously increase installation
costs. However, Seatruck has shown that, with a system as straightforward and
effective as ours, there is another way. I think that’s something that will really
resonate with shipowners worldwide.” Optimarin has now received orders for over 520 systems, with more than 330
installed worldwide, of which 150 are retrofits. The firm, which has focused
exclusively on BWT since its formation in 1994, was the first to receive full USCG
approval for its system, gaining certification in December last year.
“The market is picking up gradually,” Andersen concludes. “Shipowners need to
comply and they need systems that they can rely on. We’ve spent over 20 years
developing and refining our solution and can offer them unrivalled expertise and
service. With our sound financial base, strong group of investors, and experienced
global partners – including Goltens and Zeppelin – we can give owners not just the
technology they need, but the long‐term peace of mind and performance they
require.”
The Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) is fully approved by both IMO and USCG, with
certification through DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American
Bureau of Shipping. Optimarin customers include names of the order of The Royal
Netherlands Navy, Saga Shipholding, Technip, GulfMark, MOL, Solstad Farstad, and
Hapag Lloyd, amongst others.

Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues
Optimarin, a market leader in environmentally friendly and compliant BWT technology, has installed more than 300 of its systems worldwide, with over 500 units ordered. The 334 m3 capacity system onboard the SX130 Ulstein design Larissa was one of the first, installed during its construction by Zhejiang Shipbuilding in 2010. Since that point it has only seen 140 hours of operation. Given its prolonged idle time, Per Ivar Fagervoll, CEO of Golden Energy Offshore, which manages the ship for owner Neptune, thought Optimarin may have had work to do when it visited Larissa during a recent stop in Stavanger. But apparently this wasn’t the case. “We took over full technical and commercial management of Larissa and sister vessel Despina in late 2016,” he notes. “Since delivery Larissa has been working consistently for super majors in the North Sea and West Coast of Africa. However we, and the previous ship managers, haven’t really needed to run the BWT system. “So when the Optimarin team came on board we thought it might have issues. Little did we know… the guys pressed the ‘start button’ and it came into action immediately – smooth operation and no problems at all. Considering its history we thought this was amazing. It’s great for an environmentally focused service provider like Golden Energy Offshore to know that we have such compliant, effective and reliable systems available to satisfy all regulatory and customer requirements.” Optimarin’s visit came at the same time a special report from ABS highlighted that 42% of systems – from a sample of 220 installed units, across 27 shipowners – were seen to be problematic or not working at all. Tore Andersen, CEO at Optimarin, isn’t surprised by either the findings, or the long-term performance of his firm’s technology. “The BWT sector is maturing,” he comments, “but some suppliers have seen it as a business opportunity, rather than an area demanding specialist focus and expertise. Optimarin has been exclusively focused on developing simple, flexible, reliable and compliant systems since 1994, installing the world’s first commercial unit in 2000. Last year we became the first manufacturer to achieve full USCG approval. This is a way of life for us, not a means to ‘make a quick buck’. “The system onboard the Larissa is typical. It has no moving parts, requires minimal maintenance and is flexible enough, thanks to its modular nature, to fit any specialist vessel, such as an Offshore IMR. With the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, shipowners will have to install compliant systems on their global fleets over the next few years. We believe, and the Larissa shows, that it pays to invest in technology that won’t let them down, today, tomorrow and far into the future.” Optimarin is a market leader in the supply of BWT systems to both newbuilds and existing vessels. Together with its global engineering partners Goltens and Zeppelin Power Systems, the firm has carried out over 100 successful retrofits. Alongside full approval from USCG and IMO, the environmentally friendly UV Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) is certified by a comprehensive range of classification organisations, including DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping.

Zeppelin Power Systems provides Ahrenkiel Steamship with Optimarin ballast water treatment system
The Optimarin ballast water system won Ahrenkiel Steamship over on all levels: "The system is robust, easy to install and operate, and does not take up too much space," says Walter Koglin, Vessel Optimization Manager at Ahrenkiel Steamship. "Unlike other systems, this one also works perfectly under difficult operating conditions, and at a very low cost as well." By choosing to invest in the OBS 334-BK, Ahrenkiel Steamship has opted for sustainable ship operation, and a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly system that helps to protect our ecosystems. The system first filters the ballast water and then treats it effectively using only two medium-pressure UV lamps with a broad power spectrum. This treatment is carried out reliably without the use of chemicals or biocides and therefore helps to protect the ecosystem. The system achieves a self-cleaning effect through high surface temperatures of up to 800°C on the quartz glass, meaning cleaning modules, wipers, and scrapers are no longer needed.  Zeppelin Power Systems has been an official partner to Optimarin, the Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems, since 2014. The company is one of the biggest providers of these systems and has been on the market since 2000. The systems meet the IMO D2 standard and therefore the requirements for all conventional marine classification companies. The Optimarin technology is also the first of its kind that has received the United States Coast Guard (USCG)'s Type Approval for ballast water treatment systems.
4 - 7 September 2018
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