Optimar to build Aker BioMarine krill factory
Meal production equipment will ensure that the krill are decanted and the solids undergo further drying to produce krill meal
Optimar will supply a complete krill factory for Aker BioMarine's new krill fishing vessel as part of a contract worth approximately NOK300m.
The ship, the first vessel commissioned exclusively for krill production, will be built by Vard and is scheduled for delivery in November 2018.
The partnership between the three Norwegian companies is expected to enable the vessel to achieve a catch capacity of 1.3mkg per day, while the factory will have the capacity to produce 200,000kg of meal a day.
Saving energy and reducing environmental footprint were among the most important areas of focus when the new vessel was being planned.
The trawler will be equipped with measurement and analysis control systems from Optimar that allow the factory to be kept at peak operating efficiency.
Onboard technology will allow preventative service procedures to be developed and the risk of downtime is set to be minimised by onshore remote servicing
The vessel will also be fitted with energy-saving equipment that reuses energy throughout the entire processing cycle.
Its meal production equipment will ensure that after boiling, the krill are decanted and the solids undergo further drying to produce krill meal.
Optimar will manage systems integration and have overall responsibility for the entire factory delivery.