Intership held a naming ceremony for one of the industry’s most advanced well boats last week, when the 2300 cubic metre capacity Inter Atlantic was named by godmother Nikki Rigg, the wife of Intership chairman Peter Rigg.
Inter Atlantic is the first of two newbuilds from Zamakona Yards Bilbao and is designed by NSK Ship Design with a focus on promoting good fish welfare, fish handling and biosecurity. The fish handling system is provided by MMC First Process and the vessel is equipped with a high capacity freshwater production system, capable of producing 5000 cubic metres of freshwater per day for fish treatment.
Inter Atlantic sailed straight from the naming ceremony to Myklebust yard for installation of the latest FLS Caligus R500 delousing system. The combination of freshwater bath and flushing fish through the FLS system is a very efficient and gentle way to remove sea lice and gill infections in the same operation.
‘It means a lot to us to show our vessels and how we are working with the local community. And it is of course a pleasure that so many local visitors came to celebrate together with us,’ said CEO Ole Peter Brandal.
‘We are also particularly fortunate to be able to invite so many of the people that have made it possible for us to build this high tech vessel to Sunnmøre and Hareid. Our region is world leading within this segment and it is very important for us to create awareness around this, highlighting the possibilities that lie within the well boat industry and the aquaculture industry in general.’
Intership has been growing steadily since it was established in 2014. Following delivery of its newbuilds from Zamakona and two more vessels currently being built by Sefine, the company’s total fleet capacity will be about 26,200 cubic metres distributed across eleven vessels. The fleet operates in Norway, Chile, Scotland and on the East and West coasts of Canada.
Intership has taken the lead in developing fresh-water treatment for lice and AGD using a reverse osmosis systems. During the past seven years, the company has gained extensive operational experience in fresh-water production and fresh-water treatments. The experience has been used to actively develop and improve existing and planned freshwater treatment systems. Intership´s fleet of wellboats with reverse osmosis systems provides a low-cost, highly efficient and environmentally friendly method for dealing with the sealice, AGD and other gill infection challenges faced by salmon farmers.