Launch of the MS "Amarissa Joye"
Marine Harvest Canada staff and the Walkus family gathered in Vancouver last month to celebrate the launch of a new harvest vessel, the MS ‘Amarissa Joye’.
The newest member of James Walkus Fishing Company’s fleet, built by ABD Boats, got her hull wet on 14 September 2014.
The new vessel, which will be contracted to Marine Harvest Canada for harvesting farm-raised Atlantic salmon, has been outfitted with the latest technology for safe travel, as well as state-of-the-art fish handling equipment and temperature control to ensure quality salmon. The Amarissa Joye will be twice the size of the current vessels contracted to harvest market-sized salmon for Marine Harvest Canada.
The specifications are impressive, and include:
- Length – 31.7 metres
- Width – 10.3 metres
- Capacity – 315 cubic metres
- Chilling capacity – 200 tonnes (4 chillers @ 50 tonnes each, 1 chiller per hold)
- Harvest station – 2 x 4 channel Baader harvest systems capacity to process 8000 fish per hour
The vessel will be made available for public tours when it docks in Campbell River and Port Hardy in late October.
“This purpose-built harvest boat is an important addition to our harvest fleet,” said Jason Stalker, Marine Harvest’s Harvest Manager. “The vessel not only doubles our harvest capacity, but also includes cutting-edge technology that will help preserve superior salmon quality by ensuring strict temperature control.”
The Amarissa Joye will be ready to deliver its first harvest of Marine Harvest Canada salmon to the Port Hardy Processing Plant by late October.
Source: Marine Harvest Canada
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