Tasmanian aquaculture company adds newbuild workboats to fleet

Photo: Southern Ocean Solutions

Tasmania-based aquaculture company Tassal Operations recently took delivery of two steel-hulled catamaran workboats in a series from Chinese builder Taizhou Wuzhou.

Designed by Chinese naval architects Alsen Maritime in partnership with Tasmania-based Southern Ocean Solutions, the 23.95-metre newbuilds will be used for a variety of duties including mooring, net changing, towing, and general heavy works around Tassal’s many leases.

The workboats each have two deck cranes, bow and stern net rollers, a 20-tonne deck winch, and liveaboard accommodations for three crewmembers. Two Cummins K19 engines that each produce 373 kW at 1,800 rpm deliver a maximum speed of 10.7 knots and a bollard pull of 12 tonnes.

The vessels were built to Bureau Veritas class rules as Special service/Multi purpose workboats with Unrestricted Navigation notation.

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