AquaShip acquires two wellboats

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Fast-growing AquaShip has today signed an agreement to acquire the two Norwegian shipping companies Salmon Star and Gerda Sæle.

This is stated in a message from the company, according to TDN Direkt.

The company is thus continuing its consolidation of the wellboat segment. In mid-October, the American private equity fund Amerra bought 51 percent of the shares in the Kristiansund company.

Through the acquisitions today, AquaShip has strengthened its fleet with the wellboats “Gerda Sæle” and “Martin Sæle”. The vessels are contracted for Grieg Seafood.

The AquaShip fleet, after today’s acquisition, consists of two new-builds and 29 existing vessels, operating in Chile, Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, Iceland, the Mediterranean, Canada and Norway.

AquaShip was established through a merger of the two shipping companies Gripship and Johnson Marine. In September, the company bought the well boat “Frøytind”, and last autumn, AquaShip acquired 100 per cent of the shares in the feed transport company Artic Shipping.