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Myklebust returns to Hydroniq for seawater coolers. Norwegian shipbuilder Myklebust Verft has awarded Hydroniq Coolers a contract to deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system to a vessel the yard is building for wellboat company 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.  


The newbuild, no. 77, is the third in a series of three newbuild wellboats of Kongsberg NVC 389 design and 4,000 cubic metres load capacity that Myklebust Verft builds for Sølvtrans, which is the world’s largest wellboat company for transport of live salmon and trout. Hydroniq Coolers has previously received orders to supply the marine cooling system to newbuilds number 75 and 76. 


The three-series building programme is part of a strategy of capitalising on cost and operational synergies by building a series of vessels of the same design.  


“Although we have already won the contracts for newbuilds 75 and 76, we have had to fight to win the third vessel too. Myklebust Verft and Sølvtrans continuously raises the bar for their suppliers, which in turn makes us even more determined to deliver according to their expectations. We are therefore very proud to have also won this contract,” says Arnt Ove Austnes, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers.   


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. 


Wellboats typically operate with large loads and at low speeds. Our experience is that Hydroniq Coolers’ hull-integrated Rack system provides better cooling than traditional box coolers under such conditions,” says Tor Inge Nordmo, project manager at Myklebust Verft AS. 


Delivery of the wellboat is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.  


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.