New Sølvtrans wellboat to be equipped by Norway’s Hydroniq Coolers
Cooling solutions and heat exchangers supplier Hydroniq Coolers has contracted with Norwegian shipbuilder Myklebust Verft to install a hull-integrated seawater cooling system aboard a Sølvtrans’ wellboat.
Currently under construction at the Myklebust Verft yard, the wellboat possesses a hull 7.2 meters long, with a planned storage capacity of 4,000 cubic meters. Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the wellboat’s Rack seawater cooling system, which differs from other solutions in the sector due to it being integrated in the hull below the vessel’s main engine room, thus freeing up valuable space, Hydroniq Coolers explained.
“The solution with a hull-integrated system is particularly favorable for vessels that operate with large loads and at low speeds, which is typical for wellboats. Hydroniq Coolers’ Rack seawater cooler provides better cooling than traditional box coolers under such conditions,” Myklebust Verft Project Manager Tor Inge Nordmo said.
Utilized to reduce temperatures in the engine rooms of ships as well as their auxiliary systems, marine cooling systems from Hydroniq Coolers utilize seawater to accomplish this critical process. The company has previously supplied two similar cooling systems to two other Sølvtrans vessels – Ronja Ocean and Ronia Diamond – which were also built by Myklebust Verft.
“The fact that the world’s largest wellboat company and one of its favored shipyards returns with repeat orders is the best possible marketing for our systems,” Hydroniq Coolers Sales Manager Håvard S. Tveitane said.
While the value of the contract was not disclosed, Hydroniq Coolers CEO Inge Bøen said the deal held considerable strategic importance for the firm.
“Sølvtrans has demonstrated impressive growth and delivered an ambitious new building program. They place high demands on quality, operational reliability, and energy efficiency. This makes us passionate about delivering above the shipowner’s and yard’s expectations, to be first in line when new contracts are awarded in the future,” Bøen said.
Headquartered in Aalesund, Norway, Hydroniq Coolers offers and delivers marine cooling solutions to vessels in a variety of sectors including offshore, shipping, cruise, passenger transport, fishery, and aquaculture, It is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted AS).
Photo courtesy of Myklebust Verft/ Sølvtrans