Dutch barge designed for delousing in Canada
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.