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Double boost for novel farm systems

Rob Fletcher
Rob Fletcher
07 September 2017, at 2:18pm

The decision by the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries to award 21 development licences to Nordlaks and NSK Ship Design for their novel offshore salmon farming system has been greeted with enthusiasm by the companies involved.

The Directorate initially decided to award the Havfarm concept only 10 licences, but following an appeal by the companies, they have increased this to 21 licences –  enough to justify the construction of two of the novel systems.

Kjartan Karlsen, MD of NSK Ship Design
Kjartan Karlsen, MD of NSK Ship Design

“We are both proud and pleased that NSK Ship Design and Nordlaks have gained the trust from the Norwegian authorities,” Kjartan Karlsen, Managing Director of NSK Ship Design, told The Fish Site. “We must also praise the government for being vigorous and innovative. The last allocation of licenses gives the industry a unique opportunity to discover how far from the coast salmon farming is feasible, and finding answers to where the salmon thrives best in different seasons and weather conditions.”

The Havfarm, in the rear, has been developed by NSK Ship Design and Nordlaks
The Havfarm, in the rear, has been developed by NSK Ship Design and Nordlaks

The projected cost for developing, constructing and stocking the two vessel-like offshore farm units is around NOK 2 billion (£200 million), and the ministry feel that granting the extra 11 licences will help the development of the concept economically viable.

The real deal

Meanwhile Salmar’s Ocean Farm 1 – which was the first design to be awarded a development licence from the ministry arrived in Norway this week, after an 11-week journey from China, where it was constructed.

The 110-metre diameter system – which was reportedly mistaken for an alien spacecraft when being transported by container ship off the coast of South Africa – will initially be stocked with 1 million, 250-gram post-smolts and will be operated by a crew of 12.