Damen’s new LUV 1908 support vessel for the aquaculture sector Photo: DamenDamen’s new LUV 1908 support vessel for the aquaculture sector Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards has delivered the first of its new aquaculture support vessels to new company, Organic Sea Harvest, based on the Isle of Skye.

Built at Coastal Workboats Scotland, the landing utility vessel (LUV) 1908 is a larger version of the LUV 1608 which first entered service in 2019 and was unique among the aquaculture sector for its bow ramp.

“Organic Sea Harvest wanted a clean ship with minimal power consumption and emissions for maximum sustainability,” said Mike Besijn, Damen sales manager. “We are delighted that the LUV 1908 meets all their needs and we are very pleased to have built it in the UK,” he added.

Engineered by Damen’s design bureau OSD-IMT, the 19 metre LUV 1908 will carry out a wide range of support tasks including transportation of people, equipment, feed and dry cargo to offshore locations with loading and unloading taking place either by RoRo direct to the shore or by using the HS Marine AK 72/26 E4 deck crane.

With a total of 100m² of unobstructed deck space rated at 2.5 tonnes per metre squared, the vessel can carry 40 tonnes of cargo and has day accommodation for up to eight people. She will support four fish farms off the north east coast of Skye, bringing organic Scottish salmon to the UK and worldwide markets.

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