Intership will supply a 4,000m³ wellboat with RO freshwater production for Multi X in Chile.

Intership to provide 4,000m³ wellboat for Chilean salmon farmer Multi X


Norwegian wellboat operator Intership has entered into a long-term agreement with Chilean salmon farmer Multi X for the long-term charter of a 4,000m³-capacity wellboat.

The vessel, which will commence operations within the second half of 2024 and is designed by Salt Ship Design, is fitted with a reverse osmosis system to provide fresh water for fish treatments.

Multi X chief executive Cristian Swett said: “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Intership, a global forerunner within live fish handling and transport. This partnership will undoubtedly strengthen our seawater activities, advancing us towards increasingly sustainable operations and prove our continuity to the highest standards of fish farming.”

Significant opportunity

Intership chief executive Ole Peter Brandal said: “We are honoured and delighted for this significant opportunity in the Chilean market with a world-class salmon farmer like Multi X. We are also very enthused to now also be able to share our innovative freshwater production capabilities and sustainable freshwater treatment opportunities with the Chilean market and with Multi X in particular.”

The agreement means that including newbuilds, Intership’s total fleet capacity will be about 26,200m³ across 11 wellboats operating in Norway, Chile, Scotland, and on the East coast of Canada.

Multi X made an operating profit of US $34.7 million in the first quarter of this year, Multi X, and harvested 24,628 tonnes (whole fish equivalent) of salmon.

It employs more than 2,600 people, and has a significant presence in five regions of Chile, headquartering and operating processing plants in Puerto Montt.

Representatives of Intership and Multi X shake in the deal at Intership's stand at the Aqua Nor trade show currently taking place in Trondehim, Norway.