DESS Aquaculture inks contract for two new wellboats

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A contract has been inked on two vessels with an option on a further two; the first two being delivered in 2019 from the Sefine shipyard in Turkey.

DESS Aquaculture specialises in building, owning and operating marine farm work vessels – and this is the third contract to be signed since the company was established in June 2016.

Expectations are high for the recently projected wellboats, all of which have already secured long-term contracts with Marine Harvest.

Long-standing cooperation
The new vessels will be 84.4 m long, 16.0 m wide, with well capacity of more than 3,500 m3. They feature new and exciting design solutions, incorporating considerable flexibility in relation to different methods for handling.

The two parties – Salt Ship Design and DESS Aquaculture – have worked together over a longer period of time in developing a wellboat design that promotes gentle handling of fish while also focusing on enhancing hygiene, environment and quality.

“We’ve been working closely together with DESS Aquaculture and Marine Harvest for a long time to find out how wellboat operations can be improved to ease transport for the fish, and to determine operational requirements for a modern, efficient well-boat. It’s been inspiring and informative – to say the least – being able to join forces so closely with a milieu offering such first-rate marine farming expertise,” said Arne Stenersen, Managing Director of Salt Ship Design.

Significant contract
At present the market is buoyant in the fisheries and aquaculture segments, and these markets will be crucial for Salt in the future. In addition to design development Salt will deliver complete engineering packages to Sefine.

The contract therefore is extremely important, and adds itself to an order book of 13 vessel designs that are under construction at Norwegian and foreign shipyards.

In June 2016 the same company contracted a Sea Harvest vessel (processing vessel) based on a design from Salt.

Salt Ship Design’s head office is located at Stord, in Western Norway.