Norwegian de-licer on west coast
GREEN Sealice Solutions, a Norwegian company based in Kristiansand, is bringing its sea lice treatment service to Scotland from early next year.
Operation manager Frode Ramvik set up the company and from April 2019 will be introducing its system of sea lice control, which has already proved successful in Norway.
Working with the Skamik 1.5 system, it will offer an environmentally friendly mechanical de-licing service, using more water, but at much lower pressure, resulting in less damage to fish and fewer mortalities.
The system involves siting the treatment boat between two cages and de-licing the fish as they are pumped from the first to the second cage.The company said that moving 80-120 tonnes of fish per hour can be maintained for 20 hours a day.
Ramvik embarked on a trip to the west coast of Scotland and Shetland in November and had potential Scottish customers visiting Norway in December to see the system in situ. Green Sealice Solutions has around 15 Skamik 1.5 systems working successfully.
The management and crews all have great experience within the industry, including Ramvik, whose history includes three years with Norsk FishTransport and four years with Fosnavaag Shipping, as skipper of the Viktoria Lady. He now sees great potential within the Scottish market.
‘Initial meetings have gone really well and we are generating a lot of interest.We can’t wait to bring to Scotland what has been so successful in Norway.’