Montex shipyard has delivered partly outfitted fish carrying vessel

Aqua Merdø on its way to a floating dock for launching
Aqua Merdø on its way to a floating dock for launching

On December 2, 2017 Montex yard in Gdansk Northern Port was left, after skidding from quay onto a pontoon-barge, partly outfitted vessel Aqua Merdø destined for Norwegian yard. It was towed to Gdynia for launching in syncrolift at Naval Shipyard.  The process of launching was completed and tow out of the launched vessel took place on December 4. Afterwards, the partly outfitted vessel from Montex, newbuildings no. 388, was towed from Gdynia to Norway.

It is a harvesting vessel, receiving fish from fish farm cages and carrying fish in chilled water as well as performing the initial processing of fish. The vessel, outfitted to a relatively high degree, was built in Gdansk, at Montex Shipyard Dębowski Wasiołek SJ yard to the order of Myklebust yard of Kleven group.

The owner of the ship is Marine Harvest AS, and the operator – DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS (Dess), similarly to two fish carrying vessels under construction at Crist SA – Aqua Tromøy (newbuildig no. B75/1) and Aqua Kvaløy (B75/2).

The vessel for Dess was built according to Salt 425 FHV design from Norwegian consulting naval architects Salt Ship Design with significant division in Poland.

The vessel is 59.20 m long overall, 13.60 m wide, drafting max. 5.70 m and featuring gross tonnage of 1951 and RSW tanks capacity of 600 m³.

DESS was established in June 2016 as a joint-venture of Marine Harvest and Deep Sea Supply.


Photos: Piotr B. Stareńczak; Computer renderings: Salt Ship Design / Kleven

Aqua Merdø – principal characteristics:
owner – Marine Harvest ASA, Norwegia
ship manager, operator – Dess Aquaculture Shipping AS, Norwegia
registered owner – Dess Aqua II AS, Norwegia
shipyard (partially outfitted vessel) – Montex Shipyard Dębowski Wasiołek Spolka Jawna, Gdańsk, Poland
shipyard (main contractor, outfitting yard) – Myklebust Verft AS, grupa Kleven, Norway
yard no – 388 (Myklebust 388)
expected delivery – Q1 2018
length o.a. – 59.20 m
length b.p. – 53.80 m
moulded breadth – 13.60 m
depth (to deck no. 1) – 5.90 m
scantling draught – 5.70 m
design draught – 5.50 m
gross tonnage – 1951
net tonnage – 585
compensated gross tonnage – 5203 CGT
speed fully loaded / under ballast – 12.5 / 14 knots
no of RSW tanks – 6
total capacity of RSW tanks – 600 m³ (580 m³ according to other sources)
blood water tanks capacity – 125 m³
fish hold capacity – 400 ton
fuel tanks capacity – 160 m³
fresh water tanks capacity – 30 m³ (40 m³ according to other sources)
ballast water tanks capacity – 420 m³ (425 m³ according to other sources)
tunnel thrusters – 2 (1 fore, 1 aft) × 400 kW, propeller diameter 1400 mm
RSW system – 2 × 200 kW (2 × 1000 kW according to other sources)
stun & bleed – 24 channels, total output 20 000 fish per hour
fish processing and transport equipment – Baader 24 channnel stun & bleed rig, Baader 24 channel weighing pocket system, CIP washing system 70 ⁰ C, tank cleaning system, drum filter 4 300 m³/h, 3 × DN300 Aqua-Life BP120 fish pumps – 1000 m³
main engine – 1 × Caterpillar CAT C280-6, 1 900 kW przy 900 obr./min.
reduction gear – 1 × Scana Volda ACG600K
propeller – 1 × Scana Volda CP62, 4-blade, in nozzle, 2800 mm diameter, 1900 kW
generating sets – 2 × Caterpillar CAT C18, 465 ekW przy 1500 obr./min.
deck cranes – 3 × 50 tm, knuckle boom type
berths – 12 (11 according to other sources; 9 single and 1 double cabin)

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