PG Flow Solutions will supply two of its PG-Tornado fish pumps to a former PSV being converted to operate as a delousing vessel for Norwegian shipowner Buksér og Berging,
The 70 metre former PSV Olympic Elena will become BB Orca as it emerges from its extensive refit in the fourth quarter of this year.
In addition to the PG-Tornado pumps, PG Flow Solutions will deliver a non-mechanical PG-HydroFlow pump system for transfer of fish. A control system and a hydraulic drive unit to operate the fish pumps are also part of the delivery.
“It’s not been long since we first introduced PG-Tornado to the market, and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our experience is that the aquaculture industry is increasingly seeking the optimal solutions for fish welfare and gentle transfer of fish. This is exactly what PG-Tornado and PG-HydroFlow do,” said Øyvind Berg, VP sales & marketing.
PG-Tornado has no moving parts that can injure the fish, and a lift height that by a good margin is suitable for de-lousing vessels, wellboats and processing plants. PG-Tornado is developed and manufactured in a co-operation between PG Flow Solutions and Smartline AS.
The PG-HydroFlow and PG-Tornado pump systems will be installed on deck and hooked up to a 16-line de-lousing system, which is being delivered by SkaMik.
The pump systems will be assembled and tested at PG Flow Solutions’ fabrication and test site at Sande.
“It is really interesting to witness that an increasing number of platform supply vessels are being converted to other purposes,” said PG Flow Solutions’managing director Steve Paulsen.
“This is a responsible approach from both a circular economy and sustainability perspective. The fact that our pump technology can also help to make it a profitable investment is something we are proud of. Gentle fish handling is financially favourable for both shipowner and fish farmer.”