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Offshore fish farming gathers momentum

Offshore fish farming gathers momentum

14 Sep 2016

The structure combines living accommodation for the crew with ships supplying feed and other requirements

The structure combines living accommodation for the crew with ships supplying feed and other requirements

The first major offshore fish farm for the Norwegian company Ocean Farming is being developed by Global Maritime Consultancy and Engineering and is scheduled for installation early next year off Norway.

This huge offshore structure is said to mark a turning point in fish farming and offers new avenues for development for the companies involved in the project, which are predominantly involved in offshore oil and windfarm development and construction.

Ocean Farming’s new pilot facility will be located near the island of Frâya off the Norwegian coast and will be a permanently moored semi-submersible structure with a diameter of 100 and height of 68 metres.

The installation combines the most advanced technologies and expertise from both the Norwegian fish farming industry and the offshore oil and gas sector. Feasibility studies on the project started in 2012 followed by a model basin model tests to demonstrate the facility’s suitability for harsh weather conditions.

CSIS Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry in China is finalising the construction of the structure with partners including Marintek, Kongsberg Maritime and DNV GL, which verified the design work.

The life of the structure is estimated at 25 years and it is designed to survive ship collisions and extreme tidal conditions.

Its anchoring system and ballast tanks will allow inspection of the structure above water and all operations including feeding will be fully automated. The structure includes living accommodation for the crew with ships supplying feed and other requirements and taking grown fish ashore.

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Source: worldfishing