World’s largest live fish carrier
The world’s largest live fish carrying vessel has been ordered by Norwegian company Sølvtrans and will immediately on delivery start a ten-year contract with fish faming company Huon in Tasmania.
Built at an estimated cost of NoK500 million, the 116m by 23m beam Ronja Storm will have a 7450 cubic metre fish tank capacity, which is more than double that of conventional live fish carriers, according to Havyard in Norway where the new vessel is to be built.
Ronja Storm will also have a 5000 cubic metre fresh water capacity for its role as a ‘salmon hospital.’
The intention is to take salmon from sea pens and allow them to spend time in fresh water as a way of combatting amoeba-borne gill disease AGD that occurs roughly once a month in Tasmania. With the gigantic freshwater facilities and the enormous tanks, fish can be put in a 240-metre pen while being treated simultaneously.
“This is a great advantage and will reduce stress among the fish. As such, this ensures fish of higher quality while also improving fish growth,” said Sølvtrans CEO Roger Halsebakk.
The high fresh water production capacity, in addition to cleansing facilities that provides for re-use of water several times over, ensure that the vessel can continuously carry out work at sea, without having to dock to refill with water as frequently as other vessels have to.
Salmon are loaded into freshwater tanks where the fish swim around for three hours, while it can also be transported into a new netpen.
Ronja Storm is to be fitted out for fish sorting, transport of slaughter fish and smolt, as well as having medication facilities. There is emphasis on stability and reduced noise levels on-board.
“We take no shortcuts in terms of equipment for and transport of live fish. After thirty-one years in this industry and as pioneers within the development of live fish carriers, we know what it takes,” he said.
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