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Super-sized salmon farm moves one step closer

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 November 2018, at 9:35am

TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) has won a contract to provide the marine compressed air system to the spectacular 385-metre long “Havfarmen” offshore salmon farm.

TMC has been awarded the contract from Chinese yard CIMC Raffles, which is building the giant vessel at its specialised offshore and maritime construction yard in Yantai, Shandong Province. The yard is has one of the world's largest dry docks, with a length of 400 metres and a width of 120 metres.

An artist's impression of the 385 metre 'Havfarmen', which will hold up to 2 million salmon
An artist's impression of the 385 metre 'Havfarmen', which will hold up to 2 million salmon

Under the contract, TMC will deliver a complete marine compressed air system consisting of energy efficient service air compressors and air dryers. TMC will deliver the equipment to CIMC Raffles’ yard in Yantai, Shandong Province.

“We have delivered our systems to some spectacular newbuilds over the past few decades, but I have to admit that this aquaculture ship is something different,” says Hans Petter Tanum, TMC’s director of sales and business development.

The 385-metre long Havfarmen has been drawn up by NSK Ship Design for its client, fish farming company Nordlaks. The giant vessel, which will lay at anchor, will able to contain 10,000 tonnes of salmon – over 2 million fish.

The stationary Havfarmen will be located in a sea area south-west of Hadseløya in Nordland in Norway, an area that up until now has been impossible to utilize for aquaculture. The aim is to be ready for the first stocking of salmon in the Havfarm during spring 2020.

“What we particularly like about Havfarmen is that it is designed to solve the area challenges that have been a constraint on the development of the aquaculture industry in Norway. Norway as a seafood nation has a responsibility to help sustain the world's growing demand for healthy seafood in a sustainable manner. At TMC we pride ourselves on developing the most energy efficient marine compressors, which is also a contributor towards sustainable developments – whether they are for aquacultures vessels or other ocean industries,” adds Hans Petter Tanum.

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TMC Compressors of the Seas is the world’s leading supplier of compressed air systems for marine and offshore use. The company is headquartered in Oslo, with sales and service offices all over the world.