Vard Aukra delivered Marcus to Dalseide Shipping Service last week. Photo: Brunes

New hydrolicer joins the fray

A new hydrolicer that can treat 400 tonnes of salmon per hour has been delivered to Dalseid Shipping Services by Vard Aukra. 

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“This innovation is the result of solutions and expertise from aquaculture, offshore and shipbuilding industries jointly,” said owner of Dalseid Shipping Service, Tore Dalseide, who will be leasing the vessel out to Marine Harvest.

Naming ceremony: From left: Project leader Vard Aukra, Stian R Johannssen, owner Tore Dalseide, godmother Berit Dalseide and Hans Gunnar Hansen, Managing director Vard Aukra. Photo: Bunes.

“It has the capacity to process large quantities of salmon in a short time, with fish health, environmental impact and safety of the crew all helping to drive innovation. I'm really proud of what we have achieved and look forward to seeing it in operation,” he added.

Christened Marcus, the vessel includes the largest delousing system made by Hydrolicer Production to date. The process removes lice without chemicals, purely using fresh water (extracted from seawater), from which lice and eggs are filtered out and destroyed. A self-propelled facility, it can also operate independently of a support vessel.

Good response

Vard Aukra’s Shipyard Director, Hans Gunnar Hansen, commented that the yard has received extremely positive reports so far.

He said: “We have received very good feedback on our new vessels and solutions for the aquaculture industry, and greatly appreciate the confidence and team spirit we experience. Together with customers and equipment manufacturers, we have rapidly developed a completely new portfolio, and this new debugging vessel is a quantum leap in the treatment of lice. Tests show that it has a capacity up to treat approximately 400 tonnes of salmon per hour, with a particularly good delousing degree and gentle handling of the fish.”