New boat will boost capacity
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.