Aurora invests in second net cleaning vessel
February 22nd, 2017
“Called Aurora Quest, it will take over our existing net cleaning contract with Cooke Aquaculture here in Shetland, releasing our original, smaller vessel, the Aurora, to take on any spec work, carrying out net cleaning services for any farm requiring occasional or regular cleans throughout the year,” company founder, Colin Leask, told Fish Farming Expert.
Colin was the first operator in Scotland to adopt MPI’s Ronc net cleaning system, back in 2012, and the new vessel will be equipped with MPI’s largest ROV net cleaning system to date.
“It’s driven by a 500 Hp Powerpack, giving the potential of operating two independent Ronc robots at one time, or one with huge cleaning nozzles, giving a very efficient set-up,” Colin explains.
The former trawler skipper says he has ordered a larger vessel in order to keep up with the planned growth of his main client, Cooke Aquaculture, which is increasingly looking towards eco-friendly means of keeping their nets clean.