Kleven to build advanced fish harvesting vessel

The vessel will be the first on-site fish harvester built by Kleven, and the second vessel ordered by DESS Aquaculture The vessel will be the first on-site fish harvester built by Kleven, and the second vessel ordered by DESS Aquaculture

Kleven has been awarded a contract to build an on-site fish harvesting vessel, designed by Salt Ship Design, for a joint venture between Marine Harvest Group and Deep Sea Supply.

The 59.2m loa, 13.6m beam vessel is designed to harvest and transport more than 400 tonnes of fish. It is equipped with a stun and bleed plant with a capacity of 100 tonnes/hour. The vessel combines new technologies and purpose-made design solutions to enhance fish welfare, hygiene, quality and environmental performance.

Marine Harvest is the largest charterer of aquaculture vessels and a pioneer in the use of on-site harvesting vessels as an alternative to live fish carriers. The concept increases the efficiency of the logistics chain by eliminating costs related to transportation of fish to an onshore processing plant.

The vessel design also incorporates shore connection capability during unloading and cleaning operations.

Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven, said: “There is impressive research and development work being done in the fish farming industry, and this is absolutely an interesting market for us to be in. This is a new type of vessel for us, and we look forward to working closely with the ship owner, design company and equipment suppliers on this project.”

The ship will be built at Kleven’s Myklebust yard and will be delivered in the first quarter of 2018. The contract includes an option for a further vessel. Deep Sea Supply put the expected net delivery cost at NOK179.5 million (US$21.9 million).

Deep Sea Supply and Marine Harvest Group recently entered into a joint venture - DESS Aquaculture - to build, operate and manage vessels servicing fisheries. Under the agreement Deep Sea Supply has first refusal on all future demand from Marine Harvest for aquaculture vessels.

The on-site fish harvesting vessel is the second contract undertaken by DESS Aquaculture. It has also ordered a 3,000m3 wellboat, with an expected delivery cost of NOK225 million (US$27.5 million), which will initially be operated under a five-year charter by Marine Harvest.

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