The MS Dønnalaks will operate on a long-term contract in Iceland. Photo: Intership.

Wellboat operator moves into Iceland

Wellboat company Intership is expanding its operations into Iceland after signing an agreement for its vessel, MS Dønnalaks, with salmon farmer Laxar Fiskeldi, which grows fish in Reydarfjördur in the east of the country.

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Intership said the MS Dønnalaks has operated in the area around Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada, since the middle of 2017, adding that this operation would end in April 2020 as the vessel commences its new long-term contract with Laxar Fikseldi.

The MS Dønnalaks was built in 2002 by Sletta Verft AS. It is 52 metres long and has a total capacity of 1,000m³, distributed between two wells.

International strategy

Intership, headquartered in Ålesund in Norway, currently operates six vessels, with a seventh due for delivery in June 2020. It serves salmon farmers in Scotland, Canada and Norway, and is also looking to expand into Chile.

The company’s chief executive, Ole Peter Brandal, said: “We are very excited about the contract with Laxar Fiskeldi and we look forward to working together. We have an international strategy and see promising aquaculture growth in Iceland, so this is a strategically important contract for us.”

Laxar Fiskeldi has a permit to produce up to 6,000 tonnes per year of salmon in marine pens at three sites. It intends to eventually increase production in the East Fjords to 25,000 tonnes annually.