Aqua Spa joins DESS fleet
The latest in a series of live fish carriers has been delivered by the Sefine Shipyard in Turkey to Norwegian company DESS Aquaculture Shipping.
Aqua Spa is designed by Salt Ship Design and has an 84.40 metre overall length, with a 16 metre beam and 3900m3 of live fish hold capacity on board. Propulsion is diesel-electric, with three 1300kWe Yanmar 6EY22ALW providing the power behind the ship’s twin 1400kW electric motors and the 400kW bow thrusters. Aqua Spa also has a 220kW harbour generator and a shore power connection.
There is a range of the latest fish handling technology on board, including a twin 2000m2/hour CO2 reactor system, a pair of 2140L/minute at 93% oxygen generators, a double 1750kW RSW system and a double 6300m3/hour filtration system with drum filters and UV. The smolt counter has a throughput capacity of 150,000 pieces per hour of 200 gramme smolt.
AquaSpa has an automated cleaning system and ozone disinfection, and is prepared for reverse osmosis and mechanical treatment. The direct loading/discharge capacity is 600 tonnes per hour, and Aqua Spa’s underpressure loading with grading/ counting is 200 tonnes per hour.
DESS Aquaculture’s strategy is to build, own and operate a range of fish farming vessels, and it has been actively building new capacity since it was established in 2016, with its new tonnage assigned for long-tern contracts with aquaculture producers.
According to Salt Ship Design, there has been a detailed design development process behind Aqua Spa and the other vessels in the series, resulting in a purpose-built vessel designed to significantly enhance fish welfare, hygiene, quality and environmental aspects, while incorporating extensive built-in flexibility with regard to a variety of treatment methods.
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