The contract for the building of Namsos, a Havyard 587 Live Fish Carrier design, was signed in November 2013. Today, the vessel was handed over to the shipping company, which will send it on assignment immediately under a long-term contract with Oppdretternes Miljøservice (OMS).

Further development
Namsos and the Havyard 587 design are a further development of the Live Fish Carrier FS Stormy, delivered by Havyard in 2014. Norsk Fisketransport (NFT) subsequently acquired the company that ordered FS Stormy and it operates the vessel, which is now called Havtrans. When it was built, Havtrans was a prototype from Havyard, where the new systems concerning the cylindrical tanks in particular were a big innovation. Havyard and NFT have used the latter's experience of operating Havtrans to further develop and improve the Havyard 587 design, which has now resulted in Namsos.
Børge Lorentzsen, who is charge of newbuilds and is deputy CEO of NFT, says that it is the Live Fish Carrier company with most experience of transporting salmon in cylindrical tanks. 'Victoria Lady was the first Live Fish Carrier with circular tanks, and NFT chartered it a few years ago. We saw already then that circular tanks had some big advantages compared with square tanks. Our experience of operating Havtrans has convinced us that we have chosen the right concept and that we will also focus on this concept when planning new projects in future. With circular tanks, we are able to control the currents in the tanks in a completely new way, which means that the water quality is very homogenous throughout the tank. This provides optimal conditions for the salmon both during transport and when we carry out delousing and other jobs. In addition, the salmon can swim in similar surroundings to those they are used to from the circular cages. In circular tanks, the salmon do not have to "hit the wall", and they show no signs of stress after their stay on board the vessel. Havyard 587's hull and propulsion system are also very economical in terms of fuel consumption. We can carry three times as much salmon with Havtrans and Namsos as older boats without having to use more fuel. Naturally, this benefits our customers and, not least, it represents a big environmental gain.'
'I can guarantee that Namsos will not be our last newbuild, and, as things stand now, our next one will also be based on this concept,' says head of newbuilds Børge Lorentzsen.

Good project implementation
Trygve Solaas, project manager at Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik, says that building Namsos has been a challenging task, but that it has gone really well. 'A modern Live Fish Carrier is an advanced vessel, with many systems that have to be adapted, installed and tested,' says Solaas. 'In many ways it is more complicated to build a Live Fish Carrier than most of the offshore vessels we have delivered. We have to keep in mind that the vessel has to handle live fish in a way that ensures the best possible quality upon delivery. We therefore carry out extensive tests of the fish handling systems before we deliver the vessel. It was an additional challenge in connection with the project implementation that we made changes to the design during the building process, as a result of feedback from the customer and its experience of operating Havtrans. We have been pressed for time, and I think the owners have had their doubts about whether we would be able to deliver on time. But the job has been well planned and well executed by Havyard and its subcontractors, and now we have delivered a state-of-the-art vessel by the promised deadline,' says project manager Trygve Solaas.
Head of newbuilds at NFT Børge Lorentzsen agrees. 'Cooperation with the yard has been excellent, and I must say that we are impressed that Havyard managed to equip the vessel in only four months after taking delivery of the hull in Leirvik. With all the advanced systems this ship has, that has got to be a new world record! But they did it and have delivered a top-quality vessel,' concludes a satisfied Børge Lorentzsen.

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The winning team: The construction follow-up team and the crew from NFT have cooperated well with the project organisation at Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik. From the left: Operations manager Oddleif Wigdahl, technical staff member Stig Hjordahl, head of newbuilds Børge Lorentzsen, seaman Arve Moen, cook/seaman Ole Henrik Henriksen, production manager Bjarte I Sørestrand (Havyard), project manager Trygve Solaas (Havyard), seaman / motorman Kurt Helge Grunnan, chief engineer Rune Larsen, chief mate Rune Grøntveth and Captain Erling Lorentzen

Hoping for more assignments
As part of its strategy to add more strings to its bow, Havyard was an early bird in relation to developing designs and products for the fisheries and aquaculture industry, in addition to vessels for the offshore industry. Fish farming is a growing industry, and Geir Johan Bakke, CEO of Havyard Group ASA, is optimistic that the group will have more opportunities to deliver technology to this industry in the time ahead as well. 'We have developed technology and products that are competitive in terms of both designs and equipment,' says Bakke. 'MMC has delivered fish handling systems for Live Fish Carriers for many years, and Havyard Design & Solutions is also well established in this market. We deliver equipment and designs that create added value for the customer through efficient and safe handling and transport of live fish, and good fish welfare that ensures high-quality fish. Norsk Fisketransport is a good and demanding customer that has helped us to develop. We are optimistic that we will be awarded many new assignments for this industry going forward, in the form of equipment, designs and complete newbuilds,' CEO Bakke concludes.

Packed with Havyard technology
The design for the Live Fish Carrier Havyard 587 is an authentic Havyard product where the different business areas in Havyard have cooperated closely with the ship owners to develop, equip and build a highly efficient Live Fish Carrier.
Havyard Design & Engineering in Fosnavåg was responsible for the design and documentation for building the vessel. In addition, the department in Ålesund was responsible for the electrical designs, and delivered the Havyard IASTM automation and alarm system,  the navigation and communication system, and the Havyard ConceptBridgeTMintegrated bridge solution.
Havyard Ship Technology, in Leirvik in Sogn was responsible for fitting out, testing and completing the vessel.
Havyard MMC in Fosnavåg delivered all the equipment for handling live fish on board. This consists of the equipment and system for loading, offloading and distributing the fish, counting and sorting the fish, water treatment and cooling, washing, delousing, automation and monitoring.
Norwegian Electric Systems in Bergen has delivered the electrical switchboards, generators and electric motors.

Main data Havyard 587
Length: 84.6 m
Breadth: 16.9 m
Capacity: Three cylindrical tanks with a total volume of 3,250 cubic metres
Main engine: 3,000kW
Crew: 12 persons

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Thorough testing: The vessel also underwent extensive tests at the quay. Here, Kim André Sund from Havyard MMC controls the advanced fish handling system during testing.

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Change of flag: Norsk Fisketransport has taken delivery in “Namsos” from Havyard and Captain Erling Lorentzen hoists the shipping company’s House Flag.