The Ronja Vita was delivered to Sølvtrans yesterday.

Shipbuilder delivers vessel no.39 to wellboat operator

Ronja Vita designed to carry smolts and crew in comfort


The world’s biggest wellboat operator, Sølvtrans, has taken delivery of a new smolt-specific vessel from Norwegian shipbuilder Aas Mechanical Workshop.

Ronja Vita is the 39th newbuild delivered by Aas Mech to Sølvtrans in the last 25 years. It has a well volume of 3,000 cubic metres divided into two tanks, which is enough room for around 450 tonnes of live fish.

The vessel is designed with a low draught for visits to smolt facilities and areas that may be difficult for boats with a bigger draught to access.

Fish can be transported in open and closed systems in a safe and gentle manner, said Aas Mech. Ronja Vita is also equipped with a proprietary and patented loading system for gentle and efficient sorting and accurate counting of smolts.

Zero emissions

The 76.96-metre-long boat is supplied with a system for zero emissions during closed transport. Capabilities include monitoring, purification and treatment of all water circulation, filter system for collecting lice, UV (ultra violet) treatment of water, auto washing and disinfection facilities, and freshwater treatment of the fish.

The wellboat is designed with shelter decks that make it far safer for the crew to move on deck in bad weather, and at the same time provide more space for special equipment below deck.

The vessels has ensuite cabins for 12 people, and has a TV lounge and exercise room.

Sølvtrans has more than 35 vessels in operation, which largely run on long contracts with fish farming companies in Norway, Scotland, Canada, and Tasmania.

The TV lounge on the new vessel.