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Aker BioMarine to Combine Norwegian and Chinese Technology When Building its New Support Vessel in China
October 16, 2018

- This is the beginning of a unique collaboration bringing together innovative technologies and high-tech competencies from both Norwegian and Chinese companies, says Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine.

Signing a memorandum of understanding with representatives from the China Overseas Development Association (CODA), Aker BioMarine announced that its newest, one of a kind, support vessel will be built in the world’s leading shipbuilding country, China.

The project, with a yet undisclosed set of Norwegian suppliers and a Chinese yard, includes the construction and the final fit out of the vessel by December 2020.

Coinciding with the State Visit of His Majesty King Harald V and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway to the People’s Republic of China, the memorandum of understanding between Aker BioMarine and CODA highlights the active dialogue, ongoing cooperation and growing economic ties between the two nations.

Commenting on the agreement, Matts Johansen, CEO Aker BioMarine said, “Renowned for their expertise and capacity to deliver, we are thrilled to continue modernizing and improving our operations with Chinese partners. This is the beginning of a unique collaboration targeting the delivery of a custom-made Chinese built vessel equipped with truly unique Norwegian technologies.”

Highlighting the importance of the agreement, Mr. Hu Weiping, Chairman of CODA shared, “We are delighted to see the continuous deepening relations between China and Norway, providing win-win solutions and mutual benefits. Aker BioMarine’s wish to build a state-of-the-art transport vessel in China embodies this spirit of cooperation between the two nations. We are pleased to be a part of supporting this process and desired to contribute to this cooperation.”

CODA is a national non-profit organization providing comprehensive services for the overseas development of Chinese businesses and is an important bridge between the Chinese government and businesses.

New technology strengthens sustainable krill harvesting operations

Replacing their existing transportation vessel La Manche, Aker BioMarine’s new krill support vessel will be based on the latest energy saving and environmentally-friendly technologies.

Designed specifically to meet the unique demands of krill harvesting operations and to face the challenging Antarctic conditions, the new vessel will feature an innovative, integrated cargo handling system. Powered by the latest technology including combustion engines, the vessel will be propelled with an efficient propulsion line with variable propeller. The supply vessel will be equipped with an advanced heat recovery system helping to reduce the carbon footprint even further.

This is another step in the existing collaboration between Norway and China related to sustainable krill harvesting in the Antarctica.

Earlier this year, Aker BioMarine and Chinese krill harvesting companies together with other members of the Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies (ARK), came together to adopt voluntary measures to further secure the sustainability of krill harvesting in the Antarctic Ocean.

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Illustrasjon: Wärtsilä Ship Design
Aker BioMarine to Build New State of the Art Support Vessel

Aker BioMarine will build a new energy efficient vessel, which will be fitted out with a number of key efficiency improvements and environmentally focused technologies.

To be constructed in China, at CIMC Raffles, Yantai yard, the 168-metre-long vessel will be specifically designed to have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. The vessel will comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Polar Code. The new support vessel with a price tag of 65 MUSD will replace Aker BioMarine’s existing support vessel, La Manche.

“Protection of the environment is an absolute essential for us, and the design of this vessel has sustainability as a primary focus. It incorporates the latest energy saving and environmentally friendly technologies, such as the hybrid propulsion system, and an advanced heat recovery system that helps to reduce the carbon footprint even further,” says Eldar Vindvik, Director Fleet Renewal at Aker BioMarine.

The new support vessel will be powered by Wärtsilä’s award-winning 31 engine. Offering unparalleled flexibility when it comes to fuel choices, the hybrid, 4-stroke diesel engine, sets a new benchmark for emissions performance and also holds a Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency.

“We are proud to have been selected to design and equip this vessel. It will be a customized vessel designed specifically to meet the owner’s operational requirements in a challenging environment. It emphasizes once again Wärtsilä’s comprehensive strengths and capabilities, as well as our broad offering to the marine market,” says Lilli Chi, Managing Director Wärtsilä Ship Design.

Featuring frequency-controlled thrusters, to avoid zero pitch loss and reduce underwater noise, the vessel will also be equipped with Dynamic Positioning capabilities, which removes the need to drop anchor during transhipment, eliminating any impact on the ocean floor.

“We have extensive experience among other in building drilling platforms to the world's most demanding sea conditions. So the construction of the new transport vessel that will face equally challenging conditions in the Antarctica is a project we cannot wait to get started," said Wang Jianzhong, CEO and President of CIMC Raffles.

A vessel for tough operations

In addition to minimizing its environmental impact, the vessel is specifically designed and constructed to be able to face the challenging Antarctic conditions head on.

Wärtsilä, in partnership with Aker BioMarine’s project team are all too aware of the particular needs of the new vessel and are also keen to address many of the particular operational needs encountered with Aker BioMarine’s existing support vessel La Manche.

The new vessel will also feature a custom cargo handling system from Norwegian supplier Aukra Maritime, which will halve the time it takes to load and unload the processed and packaged krill.

“The vessel will be constructed in China where there is unique competence for building such large-scale support vessels. The vessel will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology from a number of Norwegian suppliers, many of them who we have great working relationship during building our new krill vessel, Antarctic Endurance.”

The vessel is expected to be ready for the 2021 harvesting season.





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Denne blir bygg nr. H479 ved Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard for levering November i år
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