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Fourth wellboat in a row from Hydroniq coolers for Sølvtrans. Norwegian shipbuilder Myklebust Verft has awarded Ålesund-based Hydroniq Coolers a contract to deliver the company’s unique, hull-integrated seawater cooling system to the fourth wellboat in a row the yard is building for Sølvtrans.

Marine cooling systems are utilised to reduce temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater to avoid overheating of the engine and other critical systems.

“Four newbuilds in a row demonstrate Sølvtrans’ ambitions and Myklebust Verft’s ability to deliver. We consider it a mark of quality to be chosen as subcontractor to the fourth wellboat in a row,” says Magnar Kvalheim, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.

The newbuild, no. 78, is the fourth in a series of newbuild wellboats that Myklebust is building for Sølvtrans. The design is based on Kongsberg NVC 390 LFC and developed in close dialogue between Sølvtrans, Kongsberg and Myklebust. Steel cutting of the hull started on Saturday 1 May, and the plan is that delivery of the vessel will take place in the fourth quarter 2022.

While the first three vessels in the series (newbuilds 75, 76 and 77) have a storage capacity of 4,000 cubic metres, the latest newbuild (78) will have a storage capacity of 5,000 cubic metres of live salmon or trout. The vessel will be 92.5 metres long and 20 metres wide.

Hydroniq Coolers will equip the wellboat with its Rack seawater cooling system. The Rack seawater cooler differs from other cooling systems as it is integrated in the hull below the vessel’s main engine room, which frees up valuable space in the engine room.

“We know that the Rack seawater cooler is well suited for vessels that operate with large loads and at low speeds, such as for example wellboats. The technology is also highly energy efficient, which is positive with regards to keeping operating costs and emissions to air as low as possible,” adds Magnar Kvalheim.

Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the seawater coolers at its headquarters outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Myklebust Verft located at Gursken in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.

Hydroniq Coolers is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).  The company’s name “Hydroniq” refers to regulation of temperature through utilisation of liquids.