Álvaro Poblete: "Our future vessel will be the most modern to operate in the South Sea."

Our fish will have a First Class ticket, pledges Cermaq Chile

Salmon farmer planning large, state-of-the-art wellboat


Salmon farmer Cermaq Chile is planning a new wellboat that will be the most modern operating in the country, production manager Álvaro Poblete has said.

Cermaq, owned by Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi, first introduced a large-scale wellboat and advanced technology to Chile five years ago, and has decided to begin analysis and study of a new vessel.

The new wellboat, in addition to its large size, will bring cutting-edge design due to a series of advanced features such as superior water performance, energy efficiency, advanced filtration system and new treatment technologies, reported Fish Farming Expert’s Chilean sister site, Salmonexpert.cl.

Exciting changes

“We are proud to lead these exciting changes and hope that our valued customers and partners join us in this new chapter of innovation and commitment to a sustainable future. We will transfer our salmon in first class, since our future vessel will be the most modern to operate in the South Sea,” said Poblete.

“We are one of the leading companies in the world in the production and farming of salmon. In our country we are one of the major players in salmon farming, producing a healthy and sustainable protein under high quality standards,” stated Cermaq Chile, which has around 50 sites.

Cermaq was Chile’s joint-second largest salmon farmer last year, harvesting approximately 77,000 gutted weight tonnes of salmon in Chile last year, the same volume as Multi X. The country’s biggest producer is Aquachile, which harvested 138,000 gwt, making it the world’s fifth largest salmon farmer by volume.

Globally Cermaq, which also farms salmon in Norway and Canada, harvested 171,000 gwt, making it the world's third-largest salmon farmer by volume after Norwegian heavyweights Mowi and SalMar.