The vessel will be 73 metres long and 16m wide. Photo: Smir Group.

Mowi orders one of world’s biggest delousing boats

The Smir Group has signed a contract with salmon farmer Mowi for the delivery of a delousing vessel. The Hydro Patriot is 73 metres long and 16m wide and will be one of the largest delousing units in the industry.

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The vessel is equipped with eight Hydrolicer lines and is also rigged to perform other key tasks for the farmer. The vessel will operate mainly for Mowi’s Region North and Nova Sea. The job of installing the equipment on the boat has been awarded to Fiskerstrand Verft AS in Sunnmøre and is expected to take 11 weeks.

“We are very concerned about having the right capacity to meet the needs of our facilities,” said Mowi production manager Roger Pettersen.

“Gentle and effective treatment is important so that good lice control in all plants is observed. The new vessel will be an important tool in this work, and we look forward to getting the Hydro Patriot up and running.”

Øyvind Nymark: "We have had a long and good relationship with Mowi."

Preferred supplier

Smir Group chief executive Øyvind Nymark said: “We have had a long and good relationship with Mowi. They have been our partners in the development of the Hydrolicer and are central to the establishment of the system. 

“In 2015, we started the prototype together with Region North and since then Mowi has had the system in its organisation as a tool for keeping control of lice levels.”

A hectic period of installation and preparation is now ahead in the yard.  

“We are proud to be trusted as a preferred supplier in such a large project and we look forward to getting started,” said Nymark.