The largest ‘ship’ in the world
An aquaculture vessel being built in China will be the largest ‘ship’ in the World when completed in 2020.
This ship-shaped vessel is designed as a salmon farm that can be moored in offshore waters thus creating a major expansion of fish farming operations. Called Havfarm this vessel has been designed by NSK Ship Design in conjunction with the owners Nordlaks and the concept is claimed to herald the beginning of a sustainable revolution in the fish farming industry.
The Havfarm will be 431 metres in length and will have a beam of 54 metres and it will be anchored in waters off the coast of Norway with a turret mooring system similar to those used in the offshore oil industry. Norway is a world leader in this field, and the designers are comfortable creating solutions that can withstand very tough conditions at sea.
One Havfarm will be able to contain 10,000 tonnes of salmon, which is over 2 million fish. The facilities will be able to withstand a significant wave height of ten metres, and the ship can be raised by four metres during inclement weather. The ocean farm itself will extend ten metres below sea level and will be constructed as a steel frame for six “cages” measuring 50 by 50 metres on the surface, with aquaculture nets going to a depth of 60 metres.
The Havfarm will be manned by a crew of 7 and food silos will have a capacity of 1000 tonnes with power supplied by generators in the stern housing.
By Dag Pike
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