Scotland-Canada wellboat christened in Norway
Inter Atlantic designed to treat salmon for lice and gill disease in gentlest way
A wellboat destined for service in Scotland and Canada has been christened in Norway by owner Intership.
The Inter Atlantic is the first of two newbuilds from Zamakona Yards Bilbao. At 72.2 metres in length and 17 m wide, the vessel has a load capacity of 2,200 m³ and is designed by NSK Ship Design. It will have the ability for delousing fish and treating them for gill disease at the same time.
The fish handling system is provided by MMC First Process and the vessel is equipped with a high capacity reverse osmosis (RO) freshwater production system, capable of producing 5,000 m³ of freshwater per day, for fish treatment.
After the naming ceremony in Norway on Saturday, the Inter Atlantic sailed to a shipyard for installation of an FLS Caligus R500 delousing system. Internship said the combination of freshwater bath and flushing fish through the FLS system is a very efficient and gentle way to remove sea lice and gill infections in the same operation.
Internship is headquartered in the Hareid municipality of More og Romsdal in the Sunnmøre region of Norway.
“It means a lot to us to show our vessels and how we are working with the local community,” said internship chief executive Ole Peter Brandal in a press release. “And it is of course a pleasure that so many local visitors came to celebrate together with us. We are also particularly fortunate to be able to invite so many of the people that have made it possible for us to build this high tech vessel to Sunnmøre and Hareid.”
Intership already operates the 2,210 m³-capacity wellboat Inter Caledonia in Scotland, and has a slightly larger vessel, the 2,500 m³ Inter Scotia, due for delivery from the Zamakona yard next.
The 76.6-metre newbuild was designed by Salt Ship Design and
will be equipped with a large battery pack, solutions for energy recovery and
be prepared for the installation of a large capacity RO plant.
Intership is due to take delivery of two further vessels in 2024 from the Sefine shipyard in Turkey. Both will be battery hybrids, and will be equipped with mechanical delousing equipment and RO.
One of the boats will be 92.66 metres long, with a well capacity of 6,500 m³, and the other 80.8 m, with a capacity of 4,000 m³. The vessels will increase Intership’s fleet to 11 wellboats with a combined capacity of 26,200 m³.