Hydroniq Coolers has been awarded a contract to supply the marine cooling system for a wellboat that shipbuilder Larsnes Mek Verksted AS is constructing for a Chilean customer.
The wellboat, NB68, has been designed by Skipskompetanse AS from Måløy, Norway, and is of the SK-6100 DM LFC II design. The vessel is 79.3 metres long, 15 metres wide and has a total storage capacity of 2,800 cubic metres. Delivery date for the vessel is scheduled for the end of 2021, to Chilean shipowner Naviera Orca Chile SA, a leading operator in transporting live fish in Chile.
Hydroniq Coolers will supply its hull-integrated “Rack” seawater cooling system to the wellboat. The cooler is integrated in the hull below the main engine room of the vessel, where it will reduce temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems through use of seawater, but without taking up valuable engine room space.
Jan Inge Johannesen, sales manager at Hydroniq Coolers, said: “We have previously delivered our Rack marine seawater cooling system to several identical wellboats built by Larsnes Mek Verksted. Hence, we are accustomed with the yard’s high quality and delivery requirements and they are familiar with the system’s suitability for wellboats. It is a sensible approach for predictable, high quality deliveries.”
Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarters outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Larsnes Mek Verksted’s yard at Larsnes, Møre and Romsdal county, Norway. Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of its contract.
Hydroniq Coolers is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS.