Along with, the designed a breeding vessel that can be the start of a sustainable revolution in aquaculture.
It has been a tense atmosphere at, since June 2015 they have been quietly working on a project for Nordlaks. A project that can be classified as nothing less than sensational for the aquaculture industry.
The world’s largest ships
On the drawing board is a 430 meter long and 54 meter wide ship also called, Havfarm, which should lie anchored at the bottom with technological solutions from the offshore industry. It simply takes the aquaculture industry from the fjords and the sea.
If the project is realized as presented on the drawing board, it becomes the world’s longest ship.
The world’s largest cruise ship is in comparison 360 meters long. And the world’s longest aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, is 342 meters long.
A Havfarm will have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes of salmon – over 2 million fish. By comparison produces Nordlaks-slaughterhouse Børøya 70,000 tons a year. The plants will endure ten meters significant wave height and can be raised to four meters in storms. The havfarmen will drop ten meters into the sea. Havfarmen becomes like a steel frame for six “cage” that is 50 times 50 meters large on the surface, with 60 meters deep nets.
– When Inge Berg from Nordlaks approached, we had previously played with the idea of creating larger structures from scratch. Berg came with a very thoughtful idea about how to move from breeding cages for farmed ships in the open sea, says sales manager Thomas Myhre.
With ten meters deep “luseskjørt” of steel, lice will become history. When Havfarmen lies at anchor, will the area for spreading waste be 27 times as large as that of conventional cages, – all 472,000 square meters. To the extent that there will be lice on salmon, the plant is prepared for facilitating manual removal of lice. It also means a totally chemical-free production. Chemicals for removing lice is both a theme in the environmental debate and a huge expense for the industry. This will change the direction of the aquaculture industry that has been struggling with major challenges.
Nordlaks chose NSK Ship design because they are a leading design company and already have a strong presence in the market for aquaculture. They design everything from ocean netpens, feedingvessels with progress on LNG and well boats, and they have led major remodeling of vessels. The company has rebuilt a trawler to seismic vessel and container vessels for krill trawler. Such projects were significant for the cooperation.
– Our staff in Harstad is a team with serious expertise in project management, and together with our engineering team in Arkhangelsk, we had expertise to go from ideas to concept. This was a unique chance to take a project from scratch to building start with Nordlaks, says Myhre.
From concept to application
Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker (H) proclaimed free permits to farmers who want to make large investments in new technology to overcome the industry’s challenges with environmental and land use. Shortly after that, alerted Inge Berg that Nordlaks had big plans in response to Aspakers measures, namely Havfarmene.
Nordlaks has now started the application process, and they have applied for permission to build three pieces each of which will cost between 600-700 MNOK
– We hope that we can adopt this technology during 2017, if we get development licenses to do so, says Inge Berg at Nordlaks.
NSK Ship design is excited with companies that want to change the pace of the industry.
– Nordlaks are focused on creating sustainable solutions for their production. For them, not only to increase the volume and overcoming the liceproblem, but also salmon’s wellbeing, and sustainable solutions. The project Havfarmer push the frontiers of what is possible in aquaculture, and we want to be a part of this, says sales manager Thomas Myhre.