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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

What has been described as the world's biggest floating salmon farm has been completed by Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles for Norwegian company Nordlaks.

The floating unit, named Jostein Albert, was developed and built by the yard, to a basic design by Nordlaks and NSK Ship Design. Its length is 385m and width 59.5m. It comprises six net cages, and is able to breed about 200 million salmon, a total weight of fish around 10,000t.

This unit will be fixed by a turret mooring system, allowing 360 degree rotation, in order to reduce the effects of adverse sea conditions and speed up seawater exchange for an improved aquaculture environment. It is equipped with an advanced automated aquaculture system, which can realise the functions of automatic fry delivery, automatic feeding, underwater lamp monitoring, underwater oxygen augmentation, dead fish handling, and automatic adult fish hunting. It complies with the stringent Norsok standards, and is adapted to the extreme cold weather and harsh sea conditions off the Norwegian fjords.

CIMC Raffles said that high standards of construction and welding were employed, with coatings meeting the Norsok M501 standard, for a design life of 25 years.

"Jostein Albert combines Norway's advanced Marine engineering design capabilities with China's high-end equipment construction capabilities. With the full cooperation of shipowners, design companies, classification societies, suppliers and other parties, we have made a number of technological breakthroughs and technological improvements, enriching our experience and capabilities in the field of profound aquaculture cages. ” said CIMC Raffles EVP Ni Tao.

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