FSV's newly-ordered service vessel is designed by Solstrand Trading and will be its third hybrid-power boat.

Service boat operator orders third hybrid vessel

Aquaculture service boat operator FSV Group has ordered a new hybrid-powered freight and service vessel from Norwegian boatbuilder Sletta Verft.

Published Last updated

The 27-metre boat, which is specially developed for heavier shipping and towing assignments, service and support in the aquaculture industry, will be FSV’s third hybrid vessel and gets the largest battery pack on this type of vessel of 360kWh.

The battery pack reduces CO₂ emissions by 290 tonnes per year, which corresponds to emissions from about 160 passenger cars with an average mileage of 15,000 km / year. The battery pack is climate neutral after one month of operation. 

From left: FSV chairman Per Olav Myrstad and CEO Arild Aasmyr, and Sletta Verft general manager Kåre Sletta and chairman and Lars Liabø at the signing of the new contract. Click on image to enlarge. Photo: Sletta Verft.

Exceeded expectations

“Our last two vessels were supplied with batteries to reduce emissions. This has exceeded all expectations and we believe this also represents the future. The batteries remove the load peaks and also allow the vessel to operate for several hours on battery only,” said FSV chief executive Arild Aasmyr.

The new vessel will have seven cabins, a large cargo space of 190m³ and will have a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system that can operate at a depth of to 300m.

Seven boats on order

FSV Group was established in Molde, Norway in 2011. The company’s strategy aims for a strong growth of the fleet which today comprises 11 special vessels including a barge.

In addition, the company has in the last two years hired external service vessels from other service boat companies to handle an increasing number of assignments. 

The latest contract means FSV now has seven vessels on order from Sletta Verft. Of these, there are two new 27m vessels and five new 15m single hull vessels. Three of the vessels will be delivered this year, and the rest in 2022.

FSV's Multi Green at work in Canada. Click on image to enlarge. Photo: Mowi Canada East.

Expanded to Canada

Three of FSV’s current fleet, the 27m Multi Green and Multi Quality, and the barge Enabler II, are contracted to work for Mowi Canada East off the coasts of Newfoundland and New Brunsick. FSV established a company in Newfoundland, FSV Services NL Ltd, in early 2019.

The Multi Quality and Enabler II are each equipped with an FLS Avluser mechanical delouser built by Flatsetsund Engineering. According to FLS, the delouser has a documented fish mortality of only 0.2%. The Multi Quality was the first vessel equipped with FLS delousing technology to operate outside Norway.