UCO's Foover ROV. Mowi has contracted 15 ROVs that will be used every day of the year.

Mowi Scotland contracts 15 ROVs for better fish monitoring

Deal with Aberdeen-based company will complement static camera systems


Scotland’s biggest salmon farmer, Mowi, has signed what is believed to be one of the largest remotely operated vehicle (ROV) contracts in recent years in the global aquaculture sector.

The new service agreement with Aberdeen-headquartered Underwater Contracting (UCO), will see 15 submersible ROVs working 365 days a year over the term of the contract. Neither the duration nor value of the contract has been disclosed.

UCO is a leading provider of underwater services to the offshore energy, inspection, construction, and aquaculture markets.

Mick Bower: Contract will help secure the future of the company.

Eyes on the prize

Mick Bower, managing director of UCO, said: “We are delighted to have won this major contract which will help secure the future of the company for years to come. It will also support the development of our services and innovations as part of our strategic growth plan, leading to much more exciting innovation for the Scottish salmon sector.”

Mowi Scotland production director Sean Anderson said: “With almost all our assets underwater, it’s vital to always have our eyes on the prize. The deployment of 15 ROVs supplied by UCO complements our static underwater camera systems and will immediately aid us in our daily monitoring of animal welfare and stock containment.”

Formed in 2017, UCO is part of Ocean Marine Group with sister companies Pirie & Smith, which offers marine and dynamic positioning assurance services, and ETPM, which recruits marine, subsea, ROV and survey and inspection personnel for clients.