One of world’s first ocean farming cylinders seen in Bay

2017-08-03 06:02
=A first-in-the-world Norwegic aquafarm takes shelter in the Bay.    Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=A first-in-the-world Norwegic aquafarm takes shelter in the Bay. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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A surreal looking never-seen-before massive circular construction onboard of a just as strange vessel anchored near the Port Elizabeth harbour had people guessing what it could be.

Is it an “aqua space ship”, weird oil rig or “Gupta island”?

Kgadi Matlata, acting harbour master said it was an aquafarm coming from China and destined for Norway. The vessel anchored in the Bay to take shelter against bad weather conditions at sea.

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries approved the world’s first fully automated, exposed aquaculture facility, or commonly referred to as ocean farming. When in operation, a massive aquafarm cylinder will require a crew of only three to four people. It can also be remotely operated.

According to The Maritime Executive newsletter, Nordic aquafarms are built to meet the global demand for seafood and specifically salmon.

They commenced with this project in 2017 and will be in full operation in 2018.


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