The vessel will be built by the Spanish shipyard Zamakona Yards Bilbao, based on a design from Norway’s NSK Ship Design.
The vessel will be equipped with a fully integrated reverse osmosis system and a large production capacity relative to the well volume.
Eighth boat in fleet
In a press release, Intership said it has operated freshwater treatments with vessel-produced freshwater on board the Inter Caledonia since 2016, and the new vessel will become the company’s second vessel with a freshwater treatment system.
The new wellboat will bring Intership’s total fleet capacity to more than 13,000m³ across eight wellboats. The Intership vessels are operating in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Iceland and in both the east and west coast of Canada.
Chief executive Ole Peter Brandal said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce this news. We are delighted to add a newbuild to our fleet and furthermore renew our confidence with our long-standing customer Mowi.
“When the vessel is delivered we will have two wellboats operating on the east coast of Canada, both for the same customer.”
Mowi Canada East has been investing heavily in state-of-the-art equipment for its salmon farming operations.
It recently contracted the service vessel Multi Quality, owned by Norwegian company FSV, to carry out delousing and other service assignments off the coast of Newfoundland. It is equipped with an FLS Avluser, built by Flatsetsund Engineering, which has a documented fish mortality of only 0.2%. The Multi Quality is the first vessel equipped with FLS delousing technology to operate outside Norway.
A second vessel, the FSV barge Enabler II, which will also be equipped with an FLS Avluser, was due to follow this summer and will operate for Mowi off New Brunswick.