Today, the world’s largest wellboat was handed over. It can load more than 1,000 tons of fish per hour

Aslak Berge
Mighty “Gåsø Høvding” handed over to FRØY.

“Gåsø Høvding” is so large that it has room for a Boeing 737 on board. Today, the wellboat, which many have described as the world’s largest, was handed over from the Sefine Shipyard in Turkey to FRØY.

“This is a big day for us in FRØY. This boat is completely unique, and there are no well boats to compare with her. With “Gåsø Høvding”, the wellboat industry takes a new step forward,” said Oddleif Wigdahl, operations director of wellboats in FRØY, in a press release.

Photo: Frøy

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The new well boat is 83.2 meters long and 30.9 meters wide. Møre Maritime is behind the design, while Cflow delivers the fish package. The companies have worked closely with FRØY on the innovative wellboat project for a long time. Now the boat is going out to a large (unnamed) Norwegian aquaculture player.

“Our customer needed a large boat. We worked on several different options, but eventually landed on this one. Design and flexibility are the way our customer has wanted it,” said Einride Wingan who has been project manager for FRØY.

“Gåsø Høvding” has a total well volume of as much as 7,500 cubic meters. The wellboat is equipped with negative pressure sorting and removal of all types of cleaning fish, freshwater treatment with reuse, 12-line hydrolysers and an advanced and automated hygiene system.

1,000 tonnes per hour
“The boat is built for high capacity, and can load more than 1,000 tonnes of fish per hour. This makes it environmentally friendly and economical, because it can process and transport more fish in less sailing time,” said Wigdahl.

The high load capacity contributes positively to fish welfare, because operations can be carried out faster and exposes the fish to less stress.

“The large deck area makes the boat an optimal, flexible and safe work platform. There is space to park an airliner [Boeing 737] on board. Which says something about the dimensions,” Wigdahl concluded.

Photo: Frøy

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