New boat will boost ca­pac­ity

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany (SSC) has an­nounced a new well-boat con­tract as part of its long-term fo­cus on in­creas­ing har­vest ca­pac­ity.

The new, live-haul well-boat in­cludes the lat­est on-board equip­ment and will be in­tro­duced to the com­pany’s South re­gion, which cov­ers the Argyll and Bute area. It comes as part of a part­ner­ship with Nor­we­gian­based com­pany Sølv­trans, which is the world’s largest well-boat com­pany for the trans­port of live salmon and trout.

The 1,800-tonne boat, which has been named the Ronja Sup­porter, is cur­rently be­ing fit­ted out by Sølv­trans and will be op­er­a­tional by the be­gin­ning of 2017 on a long-term lease. It will join its sis­ter ves­sel, the Ronja Vik­ing, which sup­ports SSC’s har­vest­ing pro­cesses in the com­pany’s north re­gion across the He­brides.

The Ronja Sup­porter has been built specif­i­cally to op­er­ate in the south­ern re­gion. It is al­most dou­ble the size of its sis­ter ves­sel, of­fer­ing state- of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing an on­board fish grad­ing sys­tem and high- speed count­ing scan­ner.

The new ves­sel al­lows the com­pany to have three ships con­tin­u­ally at sea from next year.

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