Historic contract between Frøy Group, Moen Marin and SkaMik, where platform supply ship is to be turned into delousing vessel.
In a press release, Frøy Group writes that it has equipped its new super vessel with the world’s largest delousing system. For manufacturer SkaMik, this is an “all-time high” contract.
“This is a historic agreement for all parties, and we are proud to get it in place,” said Moen Marin’s Lars Ivar Elvertrø, SkaMik’s long-term partner.
It was recently announced that Frøy invested in “Skandi Texel”, a 70m long supply boat that will be converted into a high-capacity delousing vessel. Frøy Group is investing EUR 18 million into transformation.
“We are particularly pleased that Frøy signs this agreement. When the world’s largest service company makes an investment of this size, it sends a strong signal of the quality of the SkaMik system,” said Elvertrø.
Statement of trust
Sales Manager Elvertrø also pointed out that neither Frøy nor the end customer have previously acquired products from SkaMik.
“When they now hit the big drum with the largest order in SkaMik’s history, which will also be the world’s largest system, we take it as a great vote of confidence,” said Elvertrø.
SkaMik general manager Geir Skarstad said they have made significant efforts in further developing the method.
“The result is a delousing system with a documented low-stress load and good welfare during delousing. In addition, the fish quickly restores appetite and is back to normal feeding after a short time,” he said.
“There are three crucial factors for a delousing system; fish welfare, delousing effect and sufficient capacity. The SkaMik system delivers well on all of them,” said Elvertrø.
At a crossroads
Frøy operations coordinator Karl Erik Saure said he has great faith in the system they have acquired and emphasised that fish welfare has been a heavyweight on the scales. At the same time, he added that they are at a crossroads.
“We must now prove that treatment boats can compete with wellboats in terms of both price, quality and efficiency. It is a bit of “to be or not to be”, said Saure, adding: “But if there is a project that can prove it, this is it!”