Damen Shipyards Group has been selected to provide a new utility vessel (UV) to Norway-based VOLT Service by the first quarter of next year.

The new UV 4312 will be named VOLT Processor, and has been designed for use in delousing operations and other services at Norwegian salmon farms.

Norwegian firm Remøy Management will assist in developing the ship, which features a diesel-electric configuration to receive flexible power supply for the vessel’s 750kw propulsion installation among other operations.

The company will also provide management for the vessel upon its completion.

VOLT Processor is also set to feature a low freeboard, easy access to the waterline on both sides, a large hold and removable railings for hose-handling operations, as well as the latest in delousing technology and facilities.

Further customisation plans for UV 4312 include the addition of a third crane, increased bow thruster power, an extra generator set and an ozone generator.

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"The UV 4312 is a cost-efficient, ship-shaped and self-propelled floating work station for delousing operations; we did our homework."

Damen Shipyards Group sales manager Remko Hottentot said: “The UV 4312 is a cost-efficient, ship-shaped and self-propelled floating work station for delousing operations; we did our homework.

“Compared to earlier vessels, this new one offers increased flexibility and improved cost-efficiency.”

The company will build the UV 4312 for VOLT Service based on the design of its smaller model, UV 2410.

Damen delivered an ASD 2913 vessel, named Germania, to Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti last month.

Image: A Damen utility vessel (UV) 4312. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.