Norway-based ballast water treatment (BWT) firm Optimarin has received a contract to provide its ballast systems for nine anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels being built at China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group.
The vessels, designed by Sinopacific’s Shanghai Design Associates specialist OSV team, will be operated by ESNAAD, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Featuring a bollard pull of 80 tonnes, the vessels are designed for offshore work in the Arabian Gulf.
All nine vessels of the SPA80A design are scheduled for delivery to ESNAAD before the end of 2017.
The contract win comes on the back of a recent ten unit order from Turkish shipping company Atlantis Tankers for two newbuilding and eight existing vessels in the Turkish managed tanker fleet.
Optimarin said that the company has already installed more than 270 systems, out of a total of over 370 confirmed orders, in light of the upcoming USCG approval of the company’s BWT system, expected in autumn this year.