Our business and history

Optimarin’s Business


Optimarin was established in 1994, and is a pioneer in the industry, always being one of the leaders to bring innovative solutions to the market which works.

The company is on its way towards the 2000 systems sold milestone and has more importantly a substantial number of systems installed onboard ships and in operation. Optimarin not only delivers an approved system in compliance with all international regulations on Ballast Water Treatment, but also deliver customer satisfaction with a superbly engineered and robust system that actually works and is thoroughly field proven.

Optimarin’s business model is to focus exclusively on Ballast Water Treatment Systems, and we design, deliver, install and service one of the industry’s most reliable, simple and effective systems. Going forward; the company intends to use its experience and knowledge to develop applications build on UV + Filter for areas such as bio fouling and fish farming.

Serving our customers’ requirements is first on our priority list, and we believe in keeping a close and personal communication to be able to respond to our customers’ quickly and efficiently, though an efficient and effective service operation.

Optimarin is headquartered in Sandnes Norway, with additional offices in USA, Japan, China, Holland, Singapore and Bulgaria, and a global distribution and service network. We supports and aim to adhere to the principles of the UN Global Compact. As a maker and distributor of products and services which contributes to the protection of marine life also supporting UN’s sustainable development goals, Optimarin has linked its business to six of the seventeen goals.

Optimarin operates in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 & 14001:2015.

Optimarin's Vision & Direction

Optimarin’s vision is to be a leading provider of BWTS and leverage our technology and know-how to develop applications, which protect marine life, through innovation, meeting our customer’s demand with cost efficient solutions and contributing to the development of our industry

The way we want to achieve this is through:

  • Retaining & developing long term relationships with old & new customers and suppliers
  • Being a local solutions provider through global sales and service network
  • Product development based on market demand, customer dialogue and innovation
  • Continuously improve our processes in order to achieve effective, cost-efficient and safe operations
  • Consistently provide products that meet customer expectations, our quality requirements, and international as well as local laws & regulations
  • Attract and retain highly qualified individuals

Regardless of the challenges facing the industry, Optimarin will work hard to earn our position as a leading BWTS supplier by listening to our customers, being nimble in the market and innovate to ensure sustainability.

Optimarin's History

Optimarin AS was founded in 1994 in Stavanger, Norway and was one of the first companies in the world to develop a system for environmentally friendly purification of ballast water.

The premise for the product development was not to use any chemicals and leave no residual products that are harmful to the ocean or the environment. In 2000, we were honoured by installing the world’s first ballast water treatment system on board the cruise ship Regal Princess.

After several years of testing, developing and patenting new technology, type approval was finally obtained for the Optimarin Ballast Water Treatment System in 2009, in accordance with Guideline 8 and the ‘International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004’.

The Optimarin BWTS uses approved technology that significantly exceeds the strict requirements set out in the IMO Convention. In 2016, Optimarin was the first company to receive approval by the US Coast Guard under their significantly more strick requirements.

Nobody knows the future, but Optimarin intend to be a leading provider of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for the next 25 years as well.

Innovation at the core

“Remain a frontrunner through innovation”

We intend to remain a leading provider of BWTS and leverage our technology and know-how to develop applications to protect marine life.

The company has through its 27-year history been a leader in the development of the BWTS industry. Being an early industry pioneer has not stopped the company from continuously improving its product, work processes and service offering to our customers.

By completing a truly impressive test program for new filters, where two filters were tested simultaneously for all salinities, Optimarin’s BWTS remains a leader in the business with its new IMO certificate and revised US Coast Guard certificate with 2 hours holding time.

Going forward, we will focus our product development work along two dimensions based on customer feedback and market requirements:

Improving the existing system with respect to footprint, functionality and operational features

Using the company expertise to develop new applications based on our technology knowledge and experience with the goal of expanding into new markets such as biofouling and fish farming.

Research & Development will be based on our overall goal to protect marine life through innovation, meeting our customer’s demand with cost efficient solutions and contributing to the development of our industry.