Brand new wellboat ran aground

Stian Olsen

On Sunday afternoon, the wellboat “Aqua Kvaløy” went ashore in Solund, Western Norway.

According to the National Rescue Center Southern Norway, no personal injury have occurred in connection with the incident. The boat, which is owned by the joint venture DESS Aquaculture Shipping and is under contract with Mowi, did not have had any fish on board when it ran aground.

“It was an misnavigation, and the wellboat went on a reef. We have taken it easy afterwards so as not to make it worse,” says DESS Aquaculture Shipping director Kjetil Løseth to SalmonBusiness Sunday night.

According to Løseth, there is an injury in the bulb, where there is a technical water tank.

At 18.57 on Sunday evening, HRS Southern Norway reported on Twitter that the vessel has come off and was on its way to port in Florø. The wellboat was escorted by the rescue ship “Halvdan Grieg”.

When will the wellboat be back in operation?

“It’s too early to say. Now it sails calmly upwards to Florø, and the rescue boat follows us. Then we will evaluate the damage and take it from there,” said Løseth to SalmonBusiness.

“Aqua Kvaløy”, which is the sister ship of “Aqua Tromøy”, was built this year. The well boat is 77 meters long and 15 meters wide.


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