The Camilla Eslea will be launched sideways in Groningen later today. Photo: Inverlussa Marine Services.

Fish farming vessel set to make a splash on the web

The launch of a new salmon farming delousing vessel built for Scottish company Inverlussa Marine Services is to be streamed live on the internet later today.

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The 35-metre Camilla Eslea will be launched sideways into the water at Groningen in The Netherlands by boatbuilder Nauplius Workboats at 3pm (16:00 CEST).

It is the first time Inverlussa has had the launch of a vessel streamed live, and a new experience for Nauplius, too.

The front half of the Camilla Eslea was moved out of the shed to fit the wheelhouse. Photo: Nauplius Workboats/Inverlussa.

First live stream

“This is our first live stream as we normally launch vessels with a crane instead of sideways,” Nauplius owner Gerrit Knol told Fish Farming Expert. “This is our first vessel for Inverlussa but hopefully not our last.”

The Camilla Eslea will be fitted out and will have the world’s biggest Thermolicer installed before being delivered to Inverlussa in July. Inverlussa managing director Ben Wilson said the company planned to do most of the crew familiarisation before the handover, so that the vessel can straight into service for Scotland’s biggest salmon farmer, Mowi.

Welcome addition

A Mowi spokesperson said: “As Mowi Scotland looks to support its plans for production growth, the Camilla Eslea is a welcome addition to Mowi’s fleet and complements our various fish health management tools that include preventative, mechanical, biological, organic and medicinal solutions. Using a suite of health management tools on a rotating basis has been a key part of our successful fish health management plan. 

“Mowi Scotland operates several mechanical delousers that help the company effectively manage sea lice levels on its fish and includes two Thermolicers, one Hydrolicer and two reverse osmosis freshwater wellboats.”

The Camilla Eslea will take Mowi’s complement of Thermolicers to three.  

Many boats for Mowi

Although the vessel is the first that Nauplius has built for Inverlussa, it has delivered more than 10 vessels either directly to Mowi Scotland or companies supplying services to it.

Nauplius has also sold boats to Scottish Sea Farms and Cooke Aquaculture.

The livestream event starts at 1.45pm BST (14:45 CEST)  and can be viewed on the Nauplius website.