Nor­we­gian de-licer on west coast

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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.’

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