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Ambitious wellboat operator adds seventh ship to fleet

The Kirsti H is a modern wellboat with thermal delousing capability. Photo: Intership.
The Kirsti H is a modern wellboat with thermal delousing capability. Photo: Intership.

Wellboat company Intership is adding a seventh vessel to its fleet after agreeing to buy the Kirsti H from Bergen-based Kerko Seatrans AS.

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The company said it is not yet decided in which geography its new wellboat will trade as it has not yet entered into charter party contract regarding the new acquisition.

In a press release, Intership - headquartered near Aalesund in Norway - said the Kirsti H was delivered to Erko Seatrans AS from Solund Verft in February 2017. The vessel is a 1800m³ modern wellboat rigged for most operations, including well-functioning equipment for thermal delousing.

Ole Peter Brandal: Growth potential in all markets.
Ole Peter Brandal: Growth potential in all markets.

Chile is next step

In a press release, Intership - headquartered near Aalesund in Norway - said the Kirsti H was delivered to Erko Seatrans AS from Solund Verft in February 2017. The vessel is an 1,800m³ modern wellboat rigged for most operations, including well-functioning equipment for thermal delousing.

Intership was established in 2014 and built its activity through hiring in wellboats, then chartering them out to customers in Norway, Scotland and Canada. After Alchemy Special Opportunities entered as majority owner in May 2018, Intership has acquired seven wellboats and invested about NOK 1.25 billion (£105m).

Its vessels include the 2,000m³-capacity wellboat Inter Caledonia, which is on a long-term charter to Mowi Scotland.

Chief executive Ole Peter Brandal said: “We have now also established ourselves in Chile and hired an experienced CEO. We believe that within a relatively short time, we will have vessels operating in Chile.

“We also see a growth potential in all of the markets we are established in, especially Norway and Chile. The good cooperation that we have developed with our customers will also ensure that the underlying conditions for growth are at their very best.”

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