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May 04, 2017

Abyss Aqua acquires another vessel from Maritime Partner

The Kristiansund-based company Abyss Aqua have signed a contract with Maritime Partner in Aalesund for the delivery of a high-speed vessel for ocean farming. The new vessel is of ALUSAFE 1500 LDV (Light Diving Vessel) design, and its main features are similar to ”Fosna Triton,” which was delivered from Maritime Partner to Abyss Aqua in May 2016.

ALUSAFE 1500 LDV

The vessel has been developed in close cooperation between the two companies, and is tailor-made for service and diving missions for the ocean farming industry.

– «We are very pleased to see that Abyss Aqua is returning to Maritime Partner for this second acquisition after experiencing the features and capabilities of “Fosna Triton,” says Stig Flem, Sales Director of Maritime Partner.

The vessel is 15 meters long, and reaches a top speed of 35 knots. It is highly seaworthy and equipped with state of the art diving equipment. The ​ALUSAFE 1500 LDV is designed and built to deal with all sea and weather conditions, and can cover large distances in a short amount of time.

- «With this contract, we take a further and important step into the ocean farming market. This is a relatively new area of focus for us, but it is also a market segment where we have been able to transfer the knowledge and experience that we have built up over the last two decades,” says Stig Flem.

The correct competence and equipment

ALUSAFE 1500 LDVAbyss Aqua is part of the Abyss Group, and is one of Norway’s largest service-boat shipping companies for ocean farming. The company is a complete supplier of services for the ocean farming industry, including all types of underwater work.

– «This is a business with a fiercely competitive market, but we are prepared for continued growth. We are focused on gaining markets, and to achieve this, we need to have the correct competence and the best equipment for the job,” says Øystein Kjønhaug, CEO of Abyss Aqua. He goes on to say that their company gained a good relationship with Maritime Partner during the building of “Fosna Triton.”

- “In our experience, Maritime Partner is a highly professional and solution-oriented company, which we work well together with. With this in mind, we have no reservations of cooperating with them, and can see the possibility of doing further projects with them in the future,” says Kjønhaug.

In a class of its own

- ««Fosna Triton» has definitely met our expectations. The vessel is an offshore concept, and is in fact in a class of its own, compared to other ocean farming vessels built in Norway today,” says Øystein Kjønhaug, and elaborates:

- “The vessel is of solid and sturdy construction. It is a high quality product, with tried and tested components. With a detailed and thorough documentation, it is easy for us to find out if there is anything on the vessel in need of maintenance, or needs to be changed.”

A vast working area

ALUSAFE 1500 LDVThe ​ALUSAFE 1500 LDV satisfies the ship owning company’s demands for work-diving and safety, and has high speed capabilities. It can cover a vast area in the event of multiple, sudden operations in one day, for example in the event of a potential escape from a fish farm. Its high-quality living facilities, with regards to both sleeping areas and recreational facilities, the vessel can also cover large areas along the coast, for longer periods of time.

Abyss Aqua confirms that their customers are very pleased with the vessel.

– «The vessel can operate an enormous working area, even in ​harsh weather conditions. Although the vessel is only 15 meters long, the layout of the vessel is very well utilized, and everything is in place to meet the new regulatory demand for four divers onboard.

- «The crew has a safe workplace, with pleasant facilities and a vessel equipped for the job at hand. When finishing a long and cold underwater operation, it is nice to enter a spacious vessel, with a warmed deck and warmed facilities,” ends Øystein Kjønhaug of Abyss Aqua.

Ready for ocean farming.

This type of vessel is well suited for inspection diving of hulls and nets, and is adapted to service the ocean farms of the future.

In addition to great hull and speed capabilities, the vessel will be equipped with advanced navigational and deck equipment, which enables the vessel to also assist with service missions, such as delousing.

It is classified by the Norwegian Maritime Authority for use in lesser coastal operations, which entails that it can operate in open waters, and all along the Norwegian coastline.