• 2019 May 23 12:29

    Optimarin gears up for retrofit wave with expansion and new hires

    Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin is responding to a growing market and surge in demand by investing in the organization and strengthening its management team. The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.

    Fulfilling potential

     “It feels like the stars have finally aligned,” comments Andersen. “We have focused exclusively on BWT for the past 25 years, building a trusted, technologically proven and respected position in this specialist niche. Optimarin was the first company to install a commercial system, and the very first to gain USCG approval. Orders are now coming in with increasing speed, which will contribute towards repaying all the time and money the employees and shareholders have invested in the company over the years.

    “As such, we’ve taken the decision to reconfigure the management team allowing me to focus on our growing customer base and market development. Leiv takes over the overall responsibility for the company and will ensure we’re positioned to achieve our full growth potential. He is a fantastic guy with an excellent business track record, so I’ve got no doubt he’ll thrive in this new role, with so much opportunity on the horizon.”

    Building demand

    Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple, flexible and market proven UV-based BWT systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. So far, around 300 of these have been retrofitted, but this is a number Andersen expects to see multiplying in the years to come.

    “If we consider that, by this time last year, only around 7% of the world fleet had been fitted with BWT systems, then you can see the scale of the task ahead to ensure the IMO and USCG compliance shipowners require,” Andersen states. “The expectation is that this will lead to a huge increase in demand, and thereby influx of orders, which we believe will really take off mid next year, before peaking in 2022-23.

    “As a leading, stable and trusted supplier we are well-positioned to take advantage of such an increase in demand. That’s why we’re investing now to build an organisation with the resources, people and network in place to provide optimal service, products and satisfaction during the ‘boom times’ ahead. The next few years are going to be very exciting.”

    Outstanding performance

    Kallestad joined the company as CEO this month. He has an international career track record, with wide experience within the marine, oil & gas, oil service, manufacturing and corporate finance sectors. The Norwegian native has worked in executive positions for companies such as TTS Group, Palfinger Marine/Harding, Roxar, Kverneland Group, TORP LNG, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips and SR-Bank Markets.

    Andersen will now move across into the role of Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing.

    The Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) has certification from a comprehensive range of classification organizations, including ABS, BV, DNV-GL, LR & MLIT Japan. Current customers include Royal Caribbean International, Fednav, GulfMark, Hapag Lloyd, Matson Navigation, McDermott, the Danish Navy, MOL, Seatruck, Technip, and the Royal Netherlands Navy, amongst others.




2019 June 20

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18:06 Inland terminals CTU in Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Westerman Multimodal Logistics in Hasselt joined the North West Central Corridor
17:36 First European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO departs Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque
17:06 ECSA organises workshop on the shipping industry’s interests in the UN negotiations on international ocean governance
17:05 Containerships introduces its second LNG-powered ship CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR and optimizes its Baltic service
16:50 Recovery of vessel traffic in Tushino, Moscow Canal, postponed again causing ship owners’ losses
16:35 Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden achieves coveted AAA credit rating
16:18 MAN Energy Solutions, Corvus Energy and DNV GL present results of HYCAS study on hybrid power generation
16:04 Knud E. Hansen announces design of 110 m. Adventure Wind Cruise Vessel
15:34 MEYER WERFT announces handover of Spirit of Discovery
15:04 Busan Port Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign contract for the issue of a five hectare site on Maasvlakte Distribution Park West
14:42 Composit participated in Dredging Summit & Expo 2019
14:25 UAE Shipping Association looks to branch out
14:03 MOL and GAIL sign charter contract for one LNG carrier
13:47 DNV GL: Building a marine supply infrastructure as part of a future hydrogen society
13:46 New generation trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Bonny River’ joins the DEME’s fleet
13:28 Helle Hammer awarded WISTA Norway’s LeaderShip Award 2019
12:50 Gazprom Management Committee reviews progress of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects
12:24 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
11:36 ReCAAP ISC and Indian Coast Guard co-hosting 12th Capacity Building Workshop for Maritime Law Enforcement and Regulatory Authorities
11:11 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for Jan-Apr 2019 increased by 0.3% to 47.6 million tonnes
10:42 Amendments to be introduced to the Water Traffic Act
10:10 Tallink Grupp connects first two vessels to shore power at Port of Stockholm in a bid to reduce environmental impact
10:09 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.81% to $62.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.69% to $54.9
09:27 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 20
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,179 points

2019 June 19

18:14 Port of Southampton signs sister port agreement with PortMiami
18:05 Unique Wärtsilä fresh water production system offers one ton per day fuel savings
17:51 Continued rail investment at the Port of Southampton accelerates air quality improvements
17:28 PGNiG confirms production potential of Poland’s largest gas field
17:03 IMRF announces new Board of Trustees
16:40 Small-size missile ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Black Sea Fleet, completes tasks in the Mediterranean Sea
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from Asia to East Coast South America
15:39 Vympel Shipyard launched first Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
15:02 Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX Service) Additional Gemlik Call
14:43 Baltic Workboats announces delivery of 100m fully electric ferry
14:21 RS participates in Global Fishery Forum
14:02 MOL and Japanese shipyards design Next Generation Coal carrier 'EeneX'
13:45 Igor Sharkov appointed Director of FESCO Branch Office in Vladivostok
13:26 FESCO opens seasonal transportation to ports of Chukotka
13:02 Van Oord awarded large contract for Mozambique LNG project
12:34 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard starts constructing vessels of new project
12:12 ICS meets in Faroe Islands
11:58 Frigate Admiral Gorhskov of RF Navy's Northern Fleet sails through Panama Canal
11:37 Ship inspection platform Idwal urges investors to carry out due diligence on asset condition as standards decline
11:19 WMU signed MOU with Higher Institute of Maritime Studies, Morocco
11:12 Damen signs Phase II contract with International Organization for Migration for nine additional SAR 1906 search and rescue boats
10:55 ABB wins system package with Keppel for dredging contractor Van Oord
10:33 Lavna coal terminal to reach design capacity of 18 million tonnes in 2022
10:00 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:38 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 19
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.03% to $62.16, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $54.23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,135 points

2019 June 18

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18:06 Kim Heng Offshore & Marine Holdings signs MoU with HHC and Thaitan
18:03 Container service boost at Bristol Port
17:53 IMO and UN Environment – working together to keep the Mediterranean clean