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Aas Mek places contract for wellboat. Norwegian shipyard Aas Mekaniske Verksted has awarded Hydroniq Coolers a contract to deliver its energy-saving, hull-integrated seawater cooling system to a wellboat the shipbuilder is constructing for Brønnbåt Nord AS.

Under the contract, Aalesund-based Hydroniq Coolers will supply its Rack seawater cooling solutions to the wellboat. The Rack cooler differs from other cooling systems as it is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel. Here it safely reduces temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater – but without taking up valuable engine room space.

“Aquaculture industry players are increasingly challenging shipyards to develop vessels with low operating costs and Aas Mek has grabbed a large chunk of this market. As our hull-integrated Rack seawater cooling system reduces power consumption, fuel costs and maintenance costs, it is becoming increasingly popular amongst wellboat operators and service companies operating in the aquaculture industry,” says Håvard Tveitane, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.

The company will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarter in Aalesund, Norway and deliver it to Aas Mekaniske Verksted’s yard at Vestnes in Norway. Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of the contract.

The wellboat is newbuild number 205 from Aas Mekaniske Verksted. It has a storage capacity of 3,000 cubic metres, equivalent to 400-450 tonnes of live fish. The newbuild vessel will be 76,96 metres long, 17.80 metres wide and depth moulded is 5.90 metres. The design is Aas Mekaniske Verksted’s own AAS 3002 ST design. The vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2021.

Brønnbåt Nord AS has placed the order for the wellboat. Brønnbåt Nord AS, which is a wellboat company founded in 2015 and is located at Engenes in the municipality of Ibestad, Norway. The company is a local partnership between Salaks AS, Gratanglaks og Kleiva Fiskefarm AS.

“We have delivered our Rack seawater cooler to newbuild number 204 from Aas Mekaniske Verksted and are delighted that they are returning with another system order,” says Inge Bøen, CEO of Hydroniq Coolers.

Hydroniq Coolers delivers marine cooling solutions to vessels that operate within offshore, shipping, cruise, passenger transport, fishery and fish farming. Shipowners, yards and ship designers are among the company’s customers and cooperation partners. The company is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).