“Muninn” at site in Reyðarfjörður, Laxar’s new location for fish farming on Iceland
Fish Feed Barge | VARD 8 52 design | Length: 25, 0 m | Breadth: 12, 0 m
VARD has developed and delivered a fish feed barge and a service vessel for Laxar Fiskheldi Ef, for operations in Reyðarfjörður, Laxar’s new location for fish farming on Iceland.
The fish feed barge and the service vessel are built by Vard Aukra in Norway, and have since delivery in April 2017 been in full operation at site.
CEO of Laxar, Helgi G. Sigurðsson, commented, “Since salmon farming is growing in Iceland, it is important for the companies to consider all aspects of further development in the industry. The selection of equipment is one of the key elements in the preparation. The cooperation between Laxar Fiskeldi and VARD has been successful and we are pleased to have chosen their products for our facilities.”
The VARD 8 52 is an innovative and modern fish feed barge. It is delivered with VARD’s newly developed Fish Feed system “FishSense”, including real time fish feed silo monitoring, and VARD’s SeaQ Bridge Control and Monitoring system. The barge has a capacity of 400 ton fish feed and a total of 150 m3 ensilage capacity.
The barge is designed in close cooperation with Laxar for an efficient, safe and sustainable fish farming, and Head of Operations in Laxar, Gunnar Steinn Gunnarsson, is pleased to witness how the crew easily has adapted to the newly developed systems onboard the barge; “I am pleased to see that the cooperation with VARD throughout the design phase has resulted in promising concepts. The barge itself provides an excellent work environment for my crew on board on a day-to day basis, including a fish feed system which is precise and easy to use.”
“Saga” at site in Reyðarfjörður, Laxar’s new location for fish farming on Iceland
Service Vessel | Coastern 10 design | Length: 10, 0 m | Breadth: 4, 2 m
The service vessel, of 10 m length, is designed to support the Fish Farm installation in daily work and maintenance. Equipped with capstans, a 6,5 tonn/m crane, and two thrusters, the monohull vessel is a flexible design for versatile operations with excellent maneuverability.
Executive Vice President Mr. Magne Håberg commented, “We highly appreciate the excellent teamwork with Laxar on this projects. We look forward to continue our cooperation, and hope we can develop new and innovative solutions together also in the future.”
In line with VARD’s strategy, the Vard Aukra yard in Norway is dedicated to develop and build products and services for the aquaculture market.
VARD 8-SERIES includes a variety of vessels, platforms and barges for fisheries and aquaculture, able to perform functions such as live fish transportation and treatment, and fish farm operations and maintenance. The vessels in the series are developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, with high focus on environmental sustainability through proven, adaptable and easy-to use solutions designed for safety and comfort.
For further information please contact:
Hege Anita Akselvoll
SVP Corporate Communications
Mobile: +47 91 69 00 51
Gunnar Steinn Gunnarsson
Mobile: +354 834 6666
Laxar Fiskeldi plans to develop a dynamic salmon farming activity in sea cages in the East Fjords of Iceland. The company’s plan is to build up production facilities of at least 25,000 tons. Increased stock volume leads to enhanced efficiency, and a more solid operational basis.
The first phase consists of establishing a fish farm facility with a production capacity of 6,000 tons in the fjord Reydarfjördur.
Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), together with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), is one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels. Headquartered in Norway and with 9,000 employees, VARD operates nine strategically located shipbuilding facilities, including five in Norway, two in Romania, one in Brazil and one in Vietnam.
Through its specialized subsidiaries, VARD develops power and automation systems, deck handling equipment, and vessel accommodation solutions, and provides design and engineering services to the global maritime industry.
VARD’s long shipbuilding traditions, cutting-edge innovation and technology coupled with its global operations and track record in constructing complex and highly customized vessels have earned it recognition from industry players and enabled it to build strong relationships with its customers.
VARD was listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange on 12 November 2010. Majority shareholder Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of FINCANTIERI S.p.A., owns 78.03% in the Group. Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, FINCANTIERI is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and has, over its 200 years of maritime history, built more than 7,000 vessels.