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Marine Harvest has bought three vessels from Seahorse Aquaculture Ltd. Photo: Marine Harvest
Marine Harvest has bought three vessels from Seahorse Aquaculture Ltd. Photo: Marine Harvest

Marine Harvest Scotland has announced the recent purchase of a fleet of three boats, the Nitrox, David Andrews and Tie Venture 111, owned by Seahorse Aquaculture Ltd.

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MH Scotland has also employed all the staff that were working on the vessels.

In a Facebook post, MH seawater manager David MacGillivray said: “I’d like to welcome them to the Company. I am sure that their invaluable experience will lead to our new colleagues having a great opportunity to progress their careers within MHS.”

According to MacGillivray’s post, the Nitrox will be used for cleaning and disinfecting of farm sites after they go fallow then preparing them for the next generation, so her main duties will be cage cleaning, removing old nets, removing sea-lice skirts, deploying new nets and new sea-lice skirts.

He added: “If she has any spare time she will assist at treatments, harvests or general duties around the farm.”

Referring to the David Andrews, he wrote: “Being a tug, she will be doing a lot of work with her main role towing our flushing raft around farms thereby reducing our need to hire third-party vessels. In between towing the flusher raft, she is also capable of towing barges and cages or other kinds of floating equipment.”

He said: “The Tie Venture 111 will replace a contracted boat and become a service/site boat based in Lewis and Harris to assist with the huge workload we have out there. She is a very capable and versatile boat and along with her crew, will be a great asset for the Lewis and Harris team going forward.”

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