Scottish wellboat, harvest and service vessel company Johnson Marine Ltd has placed an order to purchase two Racemaster net cleaning robot systems from Norwegian technology company MPI (Multi Pump Innovation).
The latest order for two latest Racemaster 3.0 units comes in addition to two units that Johnson Marine acquired in August 2018, bringing its total fleet of Racemaster net cleaning robots to four.
‘There’s nothing better than having renowned aquaculture service players returning to place additional orders. It confirms that our net cleaning robot lives up to Johnson Marine and their clients’ expectations and strict requirements for reliability, operating cost and cleaning ability,’ said MPI’s CEO Kåre Myrvåg.
The Racemaster 3.0 has a cleaning width of 1.90 metres and four drums enables the robot to stretch the nets, which in turn improves climbing and cleaning performance and manoeuvrability on baggy nets, and during challenging conditions.
The robot’s large discs come with multiple options for nozzle settings, which have resulted in further improved cleaning capacity and quality. In addition, MPI has designed the robot for easy access, which allows operators to maintain it on site without the need for an external technician.
Johnson Marine is the largest Scottish-based on-site net washing company. The company operates eight dedicated net washing systems, with an in-house engineering team experienced in maintaining the systems. The company’s head office is located at Vidlin, Shetland. Johnson Marine also operates nine wellboats and seven aquaculture service vessels all over Europe.
‘Johnson Marine, which is now part of the newly merged company Aquaship A/S, is delighted with the performance of the new Racemaster cleaners. We now have net cleaning operations in Shetland, Scotland,Iceland, Spain and Croatia,’ says Dean Johnson, Operations Director at Johnson Marine.
MPI develops and manufactures net cleaning systems for the aquaculture industry worldwide. In total, MPI has supplied more than 700 net cleaning systems worldwide. The Racemaster 3.0 follows in the footsteps of the first generation Terminator net cleaning system and the second generation RONC – remotely operated net cleaner.