Bakkafrost orders new Knud E Hansen hybrid wellboat

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Faroe islands-based salmon farmer Bakkaforst has ordered a new Knud E Hansen-designed hybrid wellboat. The wellboat is built at the Sefine shipyard in Turkey and is expected to be completed in 2022.

The new wellboat is 109m long and 22m wide. It has a capacity of 10,000 m3, where the four wells have a total capacity of 7,000 m3 of seawater, and the tanks have a total capacity of 3.000 m3 of freshwater. The vessel will be able to carry 1,000 tonnes of live salmon. It will also have DP capability.

As part of the plan to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, Bakkafrost’s new vessel is equipped with battery storage systems to optimise power use from the ship’s five generator sets.. In addition, the vessel can be connected to shore electrical sources when in port. The vessel will be equipped with a freshwater generator for de-licing operations. In total, the production capacity in 24 hours is 6,000 m3 of freshwater. Thus, the vessel can perform salmon treatments without leaving the area to get freshwater.