Dutch barge de­signed for de­lous­ing in Canada

Fish Farmer - - European News -

DUTCH boat­yard Nep­tune is to build a sal­mon de­lous­ing barge equipped with a Hy­dro­licer for Cer­maq Canada.

Nep­tune will build the 31m long barge – called a Euro Spe­cial Pur­pose Pon­toon – at its yard in Aalst in the Nether­lands, with de­liv­ery sched­uled for Q1 2019.

Fish de­lous­ing will be car­ried out us­ing Hy­dro­licer equip­ment from the Nor­we­gian com­pany of the same name. This tech­nique, de­vel­oped in co­op­er­a­tion with CFlow Fish Han­dling, uses sea­wa­ter un­der pres­sure to gently dis­lodge the fish lice. The Hy­dro­licer sys­tem can han­dle 50 tonnes of fish per treat­ment line.

Cer­maq’s ves­sel will be ini­tially in­stalled with four lines, with space for an ad­di­tional two if re­quired. The Bri­tish Columbia based farmer has 28 sea sites around the coast of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Nep­tune has al­ready built a Hy­dro­licer barge, de­liv­ered to a Nor­we­gian cus­tomer last year.

Paul Kriesels of Nep­tune Ma­rine said: ‘It is a great ex­am­ple of the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Hy­dro­licer, Cflow and Nep­tune – a com­bi­na­tion that has a proven track record with ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion fig­ures. We have de­signed this [lat­est] ves­sel so that fish han­dling op­er­a­tions and the con­trol of ship’s sys­tems can be per­formed from one op­er­a­tor’s chair. This will al­low Cer­maq per­son­nel to pri­ori­tise their tasks ef­fec­tively – and fo­cus fully on the fish.’

The pon­toon will be in­te­grated with a fish grader. This will en­able Cer­maq to grade the fish into two sizes im­me­di­ately af­ter delic­ing and de­liver them back to dif­fer­ent pens. It will also be pos­si­ble to de­liver graded fish di­rect to well­boat.

This is the first time that a Hy­dro­licer op­er­a­tion will in­clude size grad­ing at the same time and it will be a very use­ful ad­di­tion for the farm­ers, said a Hy­dro­licer spokesman.

Cer­maq Canada’s crews will not only work on the ves­sel, but they will also sleep on board. Nep­tune will there­fore be mak­ing the liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble, as well as en­sur­ing that the ves­sel is self-suf­fi­cient. To ac­com­plish this in­de­pen­dence from shore based sup­plies, the ves­sel will have wa­ter mak­ing and en­ergy gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

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