Feb 9, 2023 | Ship design & naval architecture news

Danish naval architect Knud E Hansen has designed, project-managed and supervised the construction for a Live Fish Carrier (LFC) for Bakkafrost in the Faroe Islands. 

This innovative vessel is one of the largest LFCs at 109.2m in length and 22.2m breadth and with a cargo capacity of 7,000m3. The vessel is in many ways an innovation, specifically related to the arrangement of the special LFC-equipment onboard. With four cargo holds of 1750m3 each the vessel can transport about 1000t of live salmon from cages offshore to shore-based processing facilities. The vessel can also take live salmon onboard for treatment for lice in fresh water in the cargo tanks and when discharging to cages, salmon over a certain size can be retained onboard for transport to the processing facility. Capacity for production of fresh water through reverse osmosis is 6000t/day.

All equipment onboard, including the main propulsion motor, is electrically driven. Power is supplied by a hybrid system of diesel generators, electric batteries and whilst in harbour a high voltage shore connection is also available, which in a practice can reduce the fuel consumption.

The five diesel generators are placed in a deckhouse on the shelter deck to allow an easy change to suitable 100% green generators when such technology becomes available. On top of the machinery deck house there is capacity for 16 TEU of containers could provide space for future green fuel.

With a DP system including two pairs of side thrusters each of 1000kW and far-reaching deck cranes the ship is made ready for operating towards future cages on open sea.

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