Nordlaks in Stokmarknes, Norway, is currently building a 385m long and 60m wide offshore salmon farm. To service this new development, the company has ordered a new hybrid/Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propelled live fish carrier (wellboat) to be built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey. Rolls-Royce has been commissioned to provide equipment for both newbuilds, which have been designed by NSK Ship Design.
Live salmon will be transported from the offshore fish farm to the onshore processing facility using a wellboat fitted with four LNG engines, as well as propulsion and Dynamic Positioning (DP) system from Rolls-Royce. Capable of carrying over 600 tonnes of live salmon, the wellboat will substantially increase Nordlaks’s transport capacity.
“By choosing a hybrid solution that includes our well-proven Bergen gas engines and the energy-efficient Promas propeller system, Nordlaks and NSK Ship Design have taken a long-term perspective with regard to both environmental and financial performance,” explained Ristesund.
“In addition, they have specified a propeller solution that provides the best possible manoeuvrability – whether the vessel is serving traditional fish farms in Norway’s fjords or the new installations located in rougher waters offshore. Combined with the DP system, this means the vessel produces low emissions and will run efficiently for many years. We are pleased that Nordlaks has chosen Rolls-Royce Marine in connection with both these exciting projects, and will do our best to ensure they are a success for the client and the two shipyards concerned.”