Nordlaks has signed the agreement for the construction of Havfarmen

Nordlaks’s future visions for the Norwegian aquaculture industry are moving closer, as the company today signed an agreement with the Chinese yard CIMC Raffles to build the first Havfarm.

– This is a major milestone for the Havfarm project, for Nordlaks and for the Norwegian aquaculture industry. The agreement ensures us the needed priority and capacity at the yard to meet the project time schedule. The aim is to be ready for the first stocking of salmon in the Havfarm during spring 2020. The Havfarms will contribute to a further sustainable development of the aquaculture industry in Norway, and we are very pleased that we are now moving a big step closer to realization, said Inge Berg, founder and CEO of Nordlaks.

Inge Berg og Mr. Li Minggao

The deal is sealed with a handshake between Nordlaks's founder and CEO Inge Berg and Vice President at CIMC Raffles, Mr. Li Minggao. PHOTO: Edvard Kristiansen

Havfarmen, designed by NSK Ship Design, will be built at the yard CIMC Raffles located in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. The yard is specialized in offshore and maritime constructions and has one of the world's largest dry docks, with a length of 400 meters and a width of 120 meters.

– CIMC Raffles has delivered a number of large and complicated constructions, and we saw that this yard has an enormous expertise and experience that we look forward to draw upon in the project. When they also delivered the best solutions for the construction process, delivery and, not least, price, they won the competition against 15 other yards from around the world, said Inge Berg.

The agreement is about the first of two planned Havfarms. The first stationary Havfarm will be located in a sea area south-west of Hadseløya in Nordland in Norway, an area that up until now has been impossible to utilize for aquaculture.
Alongside other measures such as shorter production time in the sea and smarter use of the traditional fish farms, the Havfarm is how Nordlaks contributes to solving the area and environmental challenges that have been a constraint on the development of the aquaculture industry in Norway.

– Nordlaks has always had a long-term perspective on the development of the company itself; however, this project is a quantum leap. The continued development of the Norwegian aquaculture industry depends on making use of new areas. Everyone is talking about the seafood nation of Norway, and our responsibility to help sustain the world's growing demand for healthy seafood in a sustainable manner. The investment we are now making in the Havfarm is our contribution, and I look forward to working with the talented staff of CIMC Raffles to reach our goals, concluded Inge Berg.

The agreement was signed during a meeting held at the Astrup Fearnley museum in Oslo February 13th. Among the attendees were Mr. Li Minggao, vice president of CIMC Raffles.

– CIMC Raffles are very proud to have won this contract with Nordlaks. The sustainable development of the aquaculture industry is important for Norway, but also for China and consumers around the world. The demand for healthy seafood is increasing around the globe. CIMC Raffles are eager to take part in this great project, to both learn from Nordlaks and to make our best effort to contribute to the project and to the sustainable development of aquaculture in both Norway and China and other countries as well, said Li Minggao, vice president for CIMC Raffles.

Present at the event were also State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Roy Angelvik.

– We are happy to see that the system of development licences now begins to materialize into new production methods. Today, the construction of Nordlaks’s Havfarm also started, one of many development projects that will help to provide the Norwegian aquaculture industry with new technology, new knowledge and be a driving force for the development of regulations. All this is important for an increasing value creation and continued importance of the aquaculture industry for the welfare society in Norway and especially for value creation along the coast, said Roy Angelvik.