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AquaShip chooses Cflow systems for supply vessel conversions

AquaShip's PSVs will look like this once they have been converted into wellboats. Image: AquaShip.
AquaShip's PSVs will look like this once they have been converted into wellboats. Image: AquaShip.

Aquaculture boat services operator AquaShip has chosen Norwegian company Cflow to supply complete water treatment and fish handling systems for two oil and gas industry platform supply vessels (PSVs) that will be converted into wellboats.

Both wellboats, the Grip Marine and the Grip Explorer, will have a capacity of 3,300m³.

“It is crucial for us to have the latest technology onboard,” said AquaShip chief operating officer Nils Otterlei in a press release.

“We have had a good cooperation with Cflow over decades and with Grip Marine and Grip Explorer we are taking it one step further. In addition, we are reducing our environmental footprint through converting existing vessels instead of building from scratch.”

Raising the bar

Cflow’s chief marketing officer, Gunnar Hoff, said: “Close cooperation between ship owners, fish farmers and technology suppliers raises the bar for the wellboat industry.

“Our cooperation with AquaShip put high demands on Cflow as a technology supplier and helps us to continuously reach for new heights. Grip Marine and Grip Explorer are tailor-made projects where competence from technology, biology and operations is combined to create the future solutions for live fish, while minimising the environmental footprint.”

AquaShip was formed by a merger between Kristiansund-based GripShip AS and Shetland company Johnson Marine Ltd three years ago, making it the first shipping company in the world to own and operate vessels in all four main areas of maritime aquaculture service: service vessels, harvest vessels, live fish carriers and feed carriers.

It has nine service vessels, all registered in Lerwick, and six harvest vessels, four registered in Lerwick and two in Kristiansund. It has 12 wellboats registered in Norway and Chile, and five Norwegian-registered feed carriers. The Aqua Caledonia, a “utility” wellboat that can also be used as a harvest vessel, is due for delivery from the Balenciaga Shipyard on Spain’s northern coast and is understood to be going on a long-term contract with a major salmon farmer in Scotland.

Take a 360° look at the design for AquaShip’s converted PSVs below.