AUGUST 18, 2016 — Norway's Kleven Maritime has signed a contract with DESS Aquaculture Shipping, a joint venture company established by Marine Harvest Norway and Deep Sea Supply, covering construction of a fish harvesting vessel for carrying salmon from fish farms to processing plants.
The vessel will be delivered from Kleven's Myklebust shipyard in March 2018, and is of SALT 425 FHV design from Salt Ship Design. The shipbuilding contract also includes an option for a second vessel.
"There is impressive research and development work being done in the fish farming industry, and this is absolutely an interesting market for us to be in," said Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven. "This is a new type of vessel for us, and we look forward to working closely with the ship owner, design company and equipment suppliers on this project."
According to Salt Ship Design, on-site harvesting vessels are an alternative to traditional Live Fish Carriers that will significantly increase efficiency and bring down the cost of transporting fish from fish farms to the onshore processing plant.
The new vessel is 59.2 m long and has a beam of 13.6 m. It is designed to harvest and transport more than 400 tons of fish, and is equipped with a stun and bleed plant with a capacity of 100 tons per hour.
Salt says the vessel combines new technologies and purpose made design solutions to significantly enhance fish welfare, hygiene, quality and environmental aspects. The vessel is also designed for shore connection during unloading and cleaning operations.
Salt notes that "unlike the current offshore market, fisheries and fish farming are doing very well and these segments represents an increasingly important market for Salt."