First photos emerge of NRS’ giant steel semi-submersible ocean rigs ahead of assembly

Aslak Berge

Will be put together at the construction yard Aker Verdal.

It towers high where it is located next to the distinctive Hotel Victoria in Stavanger, Western Norway.

The semi-submersible 17,500-tonne “Boabarge 36” has sought shelter from the wind that has ravaged the west coast in recent days.

Onboard, the cargo deck of the barge is part of one of the two new ocean rig salmon cages that Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) has under construction for its submersible fish pens project.

The shipping company Boa Offshore has been given the job of transporting the white-painted steel structures from the north German port city of Emden up to the Aker Verdal yard, where the parts will be welded together.

Copyright – Øystein Berge / Facebook: Maritime

Aker Solutions entered into a contract just before Christmas with Arctic Offshore Farming, a subsidiary of NRS, for the assembly of two large steel salmon farming cages. The assembly of the structures will be carried out at Aker Solutions facility in Verdal, Central Norway. The agreement has a value of approximately EUR 4 million.

Going to Tromsø
Together with NRS, the Aker company has developed the design for the Arctic Offshore Farming installation, which is intended for demanding conditions, such as 15-metre waves in the open ocean.

In March 2018, Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) got a total of 7.68 development licenses (5,990 tonnes of maximum allowable biomass) for the development of Arctic Offshore Farming.

The rig, when completed, will be placed off the coast of Tromsø, Northern Norway.


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