After several years of testing, developing and patenting new technology, Optimarin finally obtained type approval for its purification system in 2009 in accordance with Guideline 8 and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004. The Optimarin Ballast System uses approved technology that significantly exceeds the stringent requirements set out in the IMO Convention. But for Optimarin it is not enough to simply be approved. They operate in accordance with NS-EN ISO 9001:2008 & 14001:2004. Their vision is to have the most environmentally friendly ballast water purification system in the world.
IMO’s regulations contain requirements that aproved systems shall not constitute a hazard to personell, the environment, the ship, or cause uncontrolled discharges. The system safeguards the people who handle it, and monitors itself to ensure that it is operating properly.
Optimarin’s type approval certificate was issued by DNV on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. Based on the information reviewed Optimarin has also been assessed by the California State Land Commission, which stated that Optimarin has the potential to meet their standard for Best Available Technologies.
The OBS has been extensively tested at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in accordance with IMO’s G8 Guidelines – with excellent results.
Optimarin’s endeavours have also assured approval from a range of classification organizations, including Lloyd’s Register, Germanischer Lloyd, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping.