Royal Caribbean International has chosen Optimarin’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for retrofit to three vessels.
OBS is a UV-based BWTS that has type approval from the IMO and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The systems are modular enabling easy retrofit to any vessel.
OBS has so far been retrofitted to Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas and is due for installation on Grandeur of the Seas in the first quarter of 2019.
Jorge E. Coronado, superintendent, technical systems, global marine operations, Royal Caribbean, commented: “We focus on exceeding expectations and optimising performance, that applies as much for industry and regulatory standards as it does for passenger experience. With a fleet that sails throughout the world – from the Caribbean to Alaska, South America to Australia – it is imperative that we have the best systems to ensure complete compliance. Optimarin delivers this, allowing us to focus on delivering holidays of a lifetime.”
CEO of Optimarin Tore Andersen, said: “An agreement of this nature with a world renowned operator is very special. Royal Caribbean leads the cruise market in terms of passenger experience, vessels, service standards, and environmental performance, and these three ships are some of the ‘stars’ of their growing global fleet.”
“The fact Optimarin has been selected provides not only an endorsement of our simple, reliable and market proven UV-based technology, but also demonstrates that world leaders turn to us when it comes to ensuring total global compliance. We have always been a regulatory frontrunner, since our very foundation in 1994, and were the first manufacturer to achieve full USCG approval in December 2016.
Optimarin has now sold approximately 700 OBS units, with more than 500 installed and operational, of which approximately 250 are retrofits.