The Gåsø Høvding, the world’s largest wellboat, launched this week at Turkey’s Sefine shipyard. The new vessel is 83.2 metres long and 30.9 metres wide.
The boat was commissioned for Norwegian shipping operator Frøy Group and designed by Møre Maritime, using technology from Cflow.
Einride Wingan, project manager at Frøy, said: “It is a good feeling to finally get ‘Høvdingen’ at sea. The collaboration with shipyards and subcontractors has been good. In such projects, one always encounters some challenges, but they have been solved along the way.”
Gåsø Høvding has a total well volume of 7,500 cubic metres. The wellboat is equipped with systems for sorting and removal of all types of cleaning fish, freshwater treatment with reuse, 12-line hydrolicers and an advanced and automated hygiene system.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Frøy staff worked with the shipyard in Turkey over the past year while the vessel was under construction.
The group’s Operations Director, Oddleif Wigdahl, said: “There are currently no wellboats to compare with. Gåsø Høvding takes the wellboat industry one step further.”
Frøy has five more wellboats under construction, four of which are expected to be completed in 2021.