Huon thinks big with new ship

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ANNE MATHER

A SHIP touted as the world’s largest car­rier of live fish is des­tined for Tas­ma­nian wa­ters.

The newly built 116m Ronja Storm, which has just been launched in Tur­key, will serve Huon Aqua­cul­ture un­der a 10-year con­tract.

The mas­sive ves­sel, to be used as a well­boat, will first head to Nor­way to be fit­ted out and then come to Aus­tralia later in the year.

Huon Aqua­cul­ture chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pe­ter Ben­der said the boat was more than dou­ble the size of the world’s pre­vi­ous big­gest well­boat.

Well­boats are used in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try for bathing fish in fresh­wa­ter and trans­port­ing them to har­vest.

The new 23m-wide well­boat will have the ca­pac­ity to bathe an en­tire 240m fish pen, and have an on-board de­sali­na­tion sys­tem that can pro­duce 700 tonnes of fresh­wa­ter an hour. “The amount of tech­nol­ogy that is go­ing into the ves­sel is truly as­tound­ing. It re­ally is the cut­ting edge of salmon farm­ing,” Mr Ben­der said.

The ves­sel will be leased to Huon from Solv­trans, a Nor­we­gian-based com­pany that spe­cialises in build­ing well­boats.

Once the Ronja Storm ar­rives in Novem­ber, Huon’s cur­rent well­boat, the Ronja Huon, will be used as a har­vest ves­sel and back-up well­boat.

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