Naval architect Skipskompetanse has assisted TAU Tech in developing a platform for their patented gentle shell harvesting equipment. using a former offshore vessel.
TUA Tech assessed several vessels during the process and Skipskompetanse has, together with others, contributed by designing solutions and checking out potential vessels.
‘After Ocean Duke was chosen, we have prepared the necessary arrangements, conversion descriptions and will further deliver the necessary drawings, calculations and production data for the conversion that will take place at Fiskerstrand Verft,’ said Skipskompetanse CEO Per Jørgen Silden.
‘We are excited to contribute to converting excess offshore tonnage to new use in sustainable fishing or harvesting.’
Skipskompetanse has plenty of experience with several types of fishing vessels and the design of multi-combination vessels. However, this project is particularly exciting since the fishing method is completely new and the equipment for handling has been developed during the project.
Given the equipment is still under development, there is no definite answer as to how the vessel will be arranged. It requires a very close collaboration across all suppliers to ensure a great product.
‘With this project, we hope to contribute to set a new standard for sustainable shell harvesting,’ he said.
TAU Tech’s Øystein Tvedt said that they have worked with Skipskompetanse all the way back to selecting the right offshore vessel.
‘It has been a long and groundbreaking work to find the optimal way to adapt the vessel to a completely new fishing gear, combined with traditional shell factory and freezer,’ he said.
‘We are very satisfied with the design and the final concept, and we are very much looking forward to completing the detailed design together with Skipskompetanse and start with the production.’