The MEST Shipyard in Tórshavn has completed a major reconstructon of an aquaculture service vessel for Bakkafrost, and has won a contract for a major refit or another to operate in Scotland.
Faroese salmon producer Bakkafrost went to MEST to refit former platform support vessel (PSV) Martin, with the design, production and installation of a 12 x 8.5 metre A-frame, and the installation of a n advanced delousing system from FLS.
The A-frame for Martin is designed and developed to operate under harsh conditions in the Faroese fjords. It has a height of 12m and width of 8,5m and has a lifting capacity of 24 tonnes. The A-frame is tailormade to Bakkafrost’s requirements and includes a special integral walkway in order to make it easy for the staff to get as close as possible to the fish farming cages.
MEST also installed a delousing system from Norwegian company FLS. This is an advanced system which along with the A-frame will enable Bakkafrost to undertake efficient salmon delousing. The testing of the installed delousing system along with the A-frame has been very successful – and the vessel is now ready for operation.
MEST won a similar re-build project for a service vessel in Scotland
In competition with seven international shipyards, MEST Shipyard has also secured a similar re-building project for Bakkafrost. This time, however, the job is to rebuild a Norwegian supply vessel into a delousing vessel which will operate in Scotland.
The rebuild project includes a number of adjustments and modifications, including removal of all timber and steel from the deck and be made ready for the installation of the FLS-system. A new A-frame will be manufactured and installed, similar to the system on Martin. Four Melcal cranes and winches will be installed. Some changes and adjustments will also be made in accommodation and on the bridge.
‘We are very pleased to have solved the design and installation work successfully for Bakkafrost. On the basis of this successful project we have reason to be proud to have won this new project which is to rebuild a PSV supply vessel into a delousing vessel (FFUV) for Bakkafrost’s Scottish operation,’ said MEST Shipyard’s CEO Mouritz Mohr.