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BioMar ready to receive new feed vessel

After some delays the ship should be in action in two weeks’ time.

BioMar’s new environmentally friendly feed vessel, the MS Nyksund, is due to enter service in two weeks' time.

As part of the process of modernizing BioMar’s shipments of fish feed, an agreement was signed in 2015 with NSK Shipping for the construction of a new feed carrier.

The ship was formally handed over earlier this week at the Tersan shipyard, the site responsible for construction. The ship is owned and operated by NSK Shipping.

The MS Nyksund left port last Friday headed for Norway with an estimated sailing time to BioMar’s facility at Karmøy of approximately two weeks.

“We have long looked forward to incorporating this very sophisticated vessel into our fleet, in order to maximize the service we provide to our customers,” said Tore Gunnar Wikdal, COO of BioMar Norway.

The original plan was that the ship would be delivered in time for this year’s high season.

“The delays at the shipyard gave us a few fairly challenging months and we are now eager to put the new ship to work,” said Wikdal.

The new ship is a high-tech vessel fitted with leading-edge equipment throughout and offers a cargo capacity of 2,700 metric tons of fish feed.

It runs on an environmentally friendly LNG-powered engine delivered by Rolls-Royce.

The ship is also fitted with fish feed handling equipment that is both efficient and gentle on the feed, while having larger and more powerful thrusters and a DP system for optimum maneuverability. The ship was designed in collaboration with ship designers NSK Ship Design and measures 81.5 meters in length.

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