A new aquaculture service vessel for Norwegian salmon producer Nordlaks is designed by NSK Ship Design and is to be built at Havyard Leirvik.
‘The background to this is that we have to renew our service boat fleet. After freezing investments for over a year, it’s good to get started with innovation and investments again. This project fits perfectly with Nordlaks’ thinking on creating future-oriented workplaces,’ said Nordlaks CEO Eirik Welde.
The new service boat is a tailor-made and highly flexible vessel designed to operate across all Nordlaks locations. It will carry out everything from heavy anchor handling operations, towing, seine work, ROV operations to handling fish.
‘In our opinion, with this we have developed the next generation service boat. The boat will have solid towing power, large crane capacity and good loading capacity on deck to meet tomorrow’s requirements. The boat is equipped with forward-looking technology in the form of an advanced electric hybrid system with battery pack and optimal energy recovery,’ said head of service at Nordlaks Oppdrett AS, Sverre Mikalsen Hals.
‘Everything has been ratched up a notch to handle future demands and needs. There has been tremendous development in this area, so this boat will mean a lot. It is completely in the spirit of Nordlaks to build the future,’ he said.
For NSK Ship Design, it’s a welcome opportunity to work again with Nordlaks.
‘We see Nordlaks as a forward-looking player with a passion for the aquaculture industry, with clear goals and visions for the future. Connecting a player like Nordlaks together with our designers is therefore an exciting process, and has resulted in a service boat with a particular focus on capacity, energy efficiency and increased safety on board during aquaculture operations,’ said NSK general manager Mats Nygaard Johnsen.
‘NSK Ship Design is proud to be involved in contributing to the further development of Nordlaks, and it once again shows the strong competence environment within aquaculture in the region.’
The 28-metre, 13.20-metre breadth vessel will operate around the clock with a crew of 12 working three-week shifts.
‘The designer and we have put a lot of work into optimizing the noise level on board so that the crew has good conditions and facilities between shifts,’ said Sverre Mikalsen Hals, commenting that the boat will be outfitted with a 1100 kWh battery pack, dynamic positioning and an ROV equipped for drilling rock bolts on the seabed. The deck is to be rigged with a pair of 200tonne/metre folding boom cranes.
‘We have taken a step up in all areas, including when it comes to living conditions. There’s a gym, spacious rest areas and single cabins for everyone,’ he said.