Itself a ‘one-stop-shop’ in the fire safety equipment sector, Sentronik is the main supplier in Måløy port and district for: automated and handheld extinguishing systems; fire alarms; breathing apparatuses; high-pressure compressors; and fire retardant clothing. Sentronik manger Alf Henning Kongshaug and his team are fully certified in a wide range of fire safety applications and services and, as such, are the number one choice for all local vessels, fishing and otherwise, as well as servicing fire safety equipment for the visiting fleet.
See more at www.sentronik.no
At the hub of activity in Måløy harbour is the Nordfjord Port Authority who are more than simply ‘harbour managers’ but hold responsibility for all marine traffic and landings over a five-county region. With Måløy being Norway’s 4th largest fish landings port in pelagics and whitefish, the Authority’s main duties include arranging and monitoring all landings, shipping, and marine leisure activities. As part of the State-owned Port Authorities network, Nordfjord Port Authority is operated as a business enterprise through harbour dues and, not only is it financially self-sufficient, but manages to re-invest its profits into the local marine area, as evidenced by the GB£15m invested in harbour infrastructure in the past ten years and also with a further GB£10m currently earmarked for future seafront upgrades.
In addtion to this, the Port Authority of Nordfjord manages the Cruise activity in the Nordfjord. The cruise port of Olden-Loen is a popular destination for cruise ships from all over the world, counting app. 100 calls every year innermost in the Nordfjord. Olden-Loen is the 7th most visited cruise port in Norway and the visitors are spoiled with stunning destinations in the area, such as the Briksdal and Kjenndal Glaciers, Loen Skylift which takes the visitors from sea level to 1800 meters in just five minutes, revealing a breathtaking scenery.
See more at www.nordfjordhavn.no
Every fishing region needs one of those ‘one-stop-shops’ that provides fishermen and fishing vessel owners with everything from a screw or a washer all the way to a new engine or some heavy duty equipment – in the port of Måløy, that provider is VERLO AS. Celebrating its 80th year in business this year, Verlo is the kind of company that plays a vital role in the day-to-day running of every fishing port in the world – an unassuming business but one upon which every single member of the local fishing industry would be lost without. As well as its modest slip and dry-dock which caters for smaller inshore vessels, the Verlo company has become an important facility and supply point for vessel owners of all sizes and types of vessels.
Located in the centre of the port of Måløy, Verlo prides itself in its ability to cope with undertaking repairs and maintenance of vessels up to 100ft in length. With the dry-dock facility and supply store on the same location, Verlo is ideally placed to provide a complete range of services, including the supply of all of the vessel coatings for bottom fabric/zinc/lacquer, etc., and has literally thousands of tools and boat equipment items in stock at all times.
With investment from Knut Helge and partners in 2007, the company, and its 12 full-time staff, have seen annual turnover increase from NOK 8 million (GB£0.68m/ US$0.98m) in 2007 to NOK 33 million (GB£2.82m / US$4.04m) last year. A popular place for all marine engineers, from the biggest pelagic trawlers or purse seiners right down to the local gillnetting or long lining crafts, Verlo carries a full range of heavy duty tools and equipment needed on all fishing vessels Verlo AS are also the regional agents for Yanmar and Yamaha engines and can provide power ranges from 10hp up to 4,500hp.
From coastal purse seiners to gillnetters, Norway’s Naval Consult company is providing the fishing industry with state-of-the-art vessels
Established 30 years ago, the Naval Consult vessel design company has earned a major reputation as a high-quality producer of innovative fishing vessel designs of different types and sizes. The past 12 years has seen the company focussing in the design of fishing vessels, particularly pursers and coastal flyshooters (coastal Danish seine). “Having now seen 50 designs go from drawing table to afloat, it has recently been the 40 to 45m purse seine and Danish seine design that has brought Naval Consult success,” said company CEO Erlend Hagen. “Whether it be a long liner, gillnetter or pelagic purser, our design of 499 Gross Tonnes is proving most popular as, due to Norwegian regulations, keeping under the 500 GT means that the vessel owners don’t require their skippers and engineers to be retrained or replaced for the higher sea-going tickets. This eliminates a major problem for owners ordering new vessels,” he said. See more at www.naval-consult.no
While all the high profile aspects of a vessel, such as engine power, catching capabilities, onboard electronics, deck machinery, etc., tend to grab the headlines, the often forgotten vital work that goes into a successful vessel also includes ventilation and insulation systems. In Måløy, and in the wider west coast of Norway region, the Isovent AS company have nurtured good working relationships with many shipyards and are often called upon to assist in many of the vessel new build projects and vessel conversions that take place. Indeed, such is the demand for the services of the company, owned by Wictor Svoren, Johnny Husevåg, Andreas Runderheim and Stig Levi Oksholen, and working with their 15-strong team of engineers, that Isovent have been involved in no fewer than 30 major vessel projects since 2003 including, fishing vessels, aquaculture live fish carriers, passenger ferries, bulk carrier cargo ships, and seismic research vessels. For the provision of their main activity, the supply, installation and reconstruction of ventilation, Isovent can take care of the entire process from design to installation, commissioning and commissioning. Established in September 2003 in Måløy in the Vågsøy municipality the company set up an Isovent branch in Nordfjordeid so that the company, with its fleet of ten servicing vehicles, was able to widen its area of coverage and take on increased volume of assignments within both maritime and land-based industries as well as the private residential market. “For safe operation and good indoor air quality, we make the facilities possible,” said Isovent’s Wictor Svoren, adding that Isovent
offers regular service appointments / filter deliveries. “In addition to this we have our own warehouse with most of what’s needed of ventilation parts, and we have wide range of various ventilation accessories for the marine industry,” he said.
From 15m to 55m fishing vessels, Norwegian on-board fish handling system designers and manufacturers Westmek AS are rapidly becoming the first choice for vessel owners across the world. While often it is an attractive design and build of a new fishing vessel gets the attention, it is the workmanship and detail of its interior capabilities and functionality that many fail to see on first glance. Westmek, located not far from the fishing port of Måløy have, through years of R&D and investment in the latest design technology, become a market leader in providing solutions and completing the often near-impossible task of fitting a fully operational fish handling system into very limited available space. Conveyor belts, elevators and transporters, fish cutting machines, washers, plate freezers and, in the pelagic fisheries, RSW systems are all part of the everyday work that Westmek undertake to design a system to suit every type of vessel, regardless of size of the craft.
This is evident with the amazing installation of a three-man fish handling factory set within the bow, in an area no bigger than a chain/storage locker, of the much admired 15 x 8m ‘pocket rocket’ fishing vessel T.A. Senior which was completed at the Stadyard boatyard in Måløy earlier this year – compared to the fact that Westmek’s current project which is a vastly bigger challenge in the fitting out of fish handling systems for a pair of new Ervik Havfiske-owned 55m longliners, Nordic Prince and Argos Georgia, which are under construction in Tersan, Turkey. Meanwhile the crew at the Westmek HQ are ready to install a new factory system into the Norwegian seiner Stokke Senior which, following its 6m lengthening project in Poland, is an impressive 35.4m long with its 9.5m beam and offers an 8m-long factory area on board for the Westmek project which includes: the design, planning and engineering of the vessel’s factory layout; delivery of the system (Oct. 2017), and make installation and final operating adjustments (Nov. 2017). This system for Stokke Senior includes the factory for handling and processing of both pelagic and whitefish species, based on a design for a H&G factory but to include RSW tank; three KM Mk V cutting machines, conveyor belts and bulk elevators/lifters.
Quality speaks for itself
When asked what has been the most important factory in the success and continued growth of the Westmek company General Manager Inge Tungevåg simply replied “we take pride in our work, our products, and our company as a whole”. “We aim to ensure that the fish handling and processing operation on board vessels is on par with any such system in the world – ranging from small pursers and gillnetters of 15m or under all the way up to major fishing ships with catch handling systems and plate freezing operations to rival the largest onshore processing companies,” he said, adding that every company is only as strong as its team of staff. “We are fortunate to have a highly dedicated and skilled staff in our team and because of this we can confidently offer a range of services in the fishing, shipping and shipbuilding industries, as well as the aquaculture sector, from engineering to a testing equipment. “We have key personnel with extensive experience in areas such as welding, machine, ship electronics, steel and equipment as well as ongoing servicing of this sectors, and we can offer monitoring of projects from planning, engineering to fully assembled and tested equipment.” Westmek AS also has contracts for other vessels and conducting classroom work in close collaboration with the Norwegian Veritas, Bureau Veritas and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. See more at www.westmek.no
IT IS UNUSUAL TO FIND A COMPANY EQUALLY INVOLVED IN COMMERCIAL FISHING AND AQUACULTURE SECTORS, BUT SUCH IS THE CASE WITH STADPIPE AS.
Installing plastic pipes sounds a simple task for a plumber but when CAD systems, skilled system designers, and analysts are required, then one realises that you’ve stepped into a new realm of technology.
A family-run business, Stadpipe utilises latest technology to produce networking systems for carrying water, oxygen, gases - almost any substance imaginable - through complicated systems which has seen the company’s expertise in strong demand in a range of sectors from fishing vessels (RSW systems) and fish farms (pumping oxygenated water) to the oil & gas industry.
In relation to pelagic RSW systems and the modern trend of vessel owners now preferring plastic piping to traditional, but shorter living stainless steel piping, Stadpipe produce system units ready for installation on new vessels and as replacement systems for existing boats.
With several of the company’s employees having previously served on fishing boats, Stadpipe has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this industry and has been supplying RSW plants, plant water and circulation to the fishing fleet since 1996 and for example, several top vessels, both in the fishing and aquaculture sectors, have been associated with Stadpipe, including Skår Senior, Ytterstad and Ro Fjord.
STADPIPE SUPPLIES: • RSW plants • Plant water • Coarse filters • Flow meters • Washing plant • Cooling circulation on well boats • Tanks made from PE plastic • Perforated plates and pipes • Funnels for fish pipes • Development of customised systems
See more at www.stadpipe.no
Originally established in 1915 as ‘Skaarfish’, this fish processing company in the heart of Måløy port has played a major role in the local fishing industry and export of Norwegian mackerel over several generations, particularly since its renaming to Måløy Seafood in 1997 when it joined the major fish export player group Coast. The purchase of this company by Coast, Norway’s second largest exporter of salmon was a logical step and both companies shared many export market customers and for Måløy Seafood to now have access to Coast’s wider global market was a bonus. “This season, Måløy Seafood has already processed and exported some 7,000 tonnes of pelagic fish but, with our operating capacity at 400t per day, the target is in the region of 12,000t per annum,” said Roger Skavøypoll, Måløy Seafood’s General Manager. But raw material supply is the problem, explained Coast CEO Sverre Søraa. “The entire matter of the provision of raw material through mackerel landings presents a challenge for us,” he said. “With global export markets, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and throughout Europe, the international demand for high quality frozen pelagic fish is strong, but meeting that demand can be tough.” The 12% increase in the Norwegian mackerel quota this year, plus a substantial herring quota increase, will help but not resolve these problems for exporters. “Fishing is the second largest industry in Norway (behind oil & gas) with annual values of 91bn NOK (GB£9bn) in exports but with market demand so strong we could increase export values if we can encourage more foreign pelagic vessels, particularly Scottish and Irish, to land here where we can guarantee competitive market prices for their fish,” Mr Søraa said. For further information see www.coast.no.
Automatic longline fishing is growing in popularity in several regions of the world as fishermen in coastal fleets, as well as operators of other types of gear, are discovering its many benefits. Due to its almost zero seabed impact and greatly lower fuel consumption and thereby carbon footprint compared to fishing with active gear, demersal longline fishing is proving to be more environmentally friendly than bottom trawling and, unlike a wide range of other gear, it does not contribute perpetually to ‘ghost fishing’ if gear is lost. At the forefront of the development of the international longline fishing sector is Norwegian automated line system designer and producer, Fiskevegn. Although the Norwegian pelagic fishing industry is on a major scale, Norway is also reputed for having one of the world’s most experienced long line fishing industry and, coming from a tradition of fishing handlines from small inshore vessels, Norway’s history of fishing with lines and hooks far pre-dates its trawl or purse seine methods of fishing. It is unsurprising therefore to learn that some of the top manufactures of modernday automated long line fishing systems are based in Norway, and that they supply vessels the world over with the latest technology in line fishing. A global market leader in this sector, Fiskevegn is a recognised trade name in the international longline fleets everywhere from Greenland to New Zealand with its own systems, even down to the lines themselves and the snoods, with the hooks provided by U.S. leading hook manufacturer Eagle Claw ©. The technology involved in automated long line systems, from hook auto baiting machines and high speed hauling systems to complicated but reliable ‘magazine’ racks for line storage are all part and parcel of the integrated systems produced by Fiskevegn
and the company’s quality longlines has seen Fiskevegn secure orders with major global longline fishing companies such as the Norwegian company Ervik Havfiske’s 17-strong vessel fleet, as well as other international household fishing industry company names such as SAPMER, Austral Fisheries and Talleys (NZ) to name just a few. Facing challenges “We love the challenge of not only designing and fitting new vessels with one of our systems, but also to ‘retro fit’ systems into existing vessels - including in the smaller type of vessel where even the smallest of our new longline systems can replace the laborious work of hand-line fishing for fishermen,” said Fiskevegn Managing Director, Trond-Inge Kvernevik, adding that the real key to sustainable fishing is to make the environmentally beneficial option also the more profitable. “Automatic longline fishing presents the catch one fish at a time in an efficient manner, allowing for a steady flow of quality catch handling instead of over-saturating the capacity of crew and processing lines with large batches of fish. “So when fishermen convert to automatic longline fishing, they also need to build know-how on quality catch handling,” the Fiskevegn MD commented, adding that he believes it is also vital that fishermen should engage in what’s going on in the marketing value chain, ideally in an organized manner, to ensure that there is a mechanism that secures their part of the price benefits from high quality seafood. “When this ‘win-win’ situation is established, automatic longline fishing is a highly attractive option for the environment and the fisherman alike. “We are very aware that contributing to a successful industry requires more than mechanical gadgets and fishing gear, so we work with other technology suppliers, vessel designers, research institutions and many others to offer know-how along with our products,” Mr Kvernevik concluded. See more at www. fiskevegn.no
The boat building, vessel repair and maintenance traditions of the Stadyard company in Måløy, Norway go back as far as 1923 and the company’s presentday facility received much acclaim for its major role in the production and completion of the very impressive 70m pelagic purse seiner Torbas three years ago. A leading member of the reputable Måløy Marine Group (MMG) (www. maloymaritime.no), this innovative company continues to show its versatility and is one of Norway’s most important producers of all types of trawling, longlining and dual purpose seine and gillnetter fishing vessels. Following their completion of the Seacondesigned 15 X 8m ‘pocket rocket’ purser/ netter T.A. Senior (Build no. 39) in March, the Stadyard company received much positive feedback from both the owner and other interested parties across Europe. Latest build But among several other exciting projects, the latest news for Stadyard has been the signing of a contract with Kenfish II AS in Averøy, Norway to build a combined gillnetter/autoliner. The vessel, designed by Seacon AS in Måløy, has the design name SC21 «MAX» with length 20.99m and beam 10m and will be delivered in August 2018. Main dimensions and capacities also include: depth to shelter deck: 6.80m; Freeze hold: 190 m3; Ensilage tanks: 25 m3; Fuel oil: 70 m3. The SC21 “MAX”, with accommodation arranged for 10 people in 4 x 2 person cabins and 2 x 1 person cabins, is rigged for both gillnet and long line, with the autoliner equipment for 42,000 hooks is to be delivered by Mustad Longline AS while the gillnet equipment will be supplied by Netop AS. Power and propulsion are provided from the main Yanmar 6EY17W engine, delivered by Verlo AS, with gear and propeller systems delivered by Finnøy Gear & Propeller AS. Auxiliary power comes via a pair of Baudouin 6W126S engines delivered by Bjørn Kristiansen Mek. Verksted AS with side thruster power and hydraulic systems delivered by MB Hydraulikk AS. Deck equipment for the new vessel will be supplied by Stranda Prolog AS / Marel AS and all cranes will be delivered by Dimo AS. CO2 freezing equipment delivered by Nilsen Kulde AS. Leader in fishing vessel design Seacon has worked on the development of the SC21-design in a comprehensive feasibility study, together with the ship owner and the shipyard. Seacon report that the boat owner’s strong focus on quality and fish processing has been essential. It is also placed great emphasis on safety and comfort for the crew. “This is newbuilding number 19 with Seacon design and newbuilding number 5 with Seacon design from Stadyard/Blaalid,” said Rune Stian Nybakk, CEO of Seacon AS, adding that, for several years the company has been developing new concepts for this type of vessel, and that has many similarities with larger coastal vessels as Seacon previously designed. “This contract is another confirmation of Seacon’s leading position in fishing vessel design”, he said. Fourth shipbuilding contract since the takeover in 2012 Agnar Lyng, CEO of Stadyard, commented that they are very pleased to have been part of developing this vessel together with the ship owner and Seacon. “The new contract is a result of positive feedback on the projects we have carried out, and the market’s confidence that we deliver quality products of the highest class,” he said, adding that this is the fourth newbuilding contract Stadyard has signed
since the takeover of Blaalid in 2012. “Stadyard is a combined newbuilding and repair yard and experiencing good inflow of orders. Both the ship owner and the shipyard has a strong focus on developing and utilizing local subcontractors. This strengthens the industrial base and expertise in our local communities,” he added. Current projects: As well as this new build, for the summer months, Stadyard is undertaking an 8m lengthening of the long line vessel Rolf Asbjørn which is going to have a new LOA of 42.07m. This vessel’s owner is Rolf Asbjørn AS, and it is co-owned by Ervik Havfiske AS, the world’s largest longline company. Last year Stadyard carried out conversions of several barges for de-licing of salmon, without chemicals and medicals and at present, the well boat Gerda Sæle, which is operating in Shetland, is installing de-licing system from OptimarStette AS. The yard is also doing repair works and conversions on several fishing vessels, well boats and ferries. This work is going parallel to the newbuilding works, as the yard is both a newbuilding and repair yard.
In spring last year, Måløy shipyard Baatbygg landed major contracts with the Norwegian government for conversion of two of the nation’s marine research vessel/trawlers. For the past ten months, the yard had worked around the clock to finalize these projects, whilst also maintaining high activity on general service of vessels. After over 20 years of service for NORAD, the vessel Dr. Fridjof Nansen returned to Norway in May 2016 to undergo conversion work and preparations for arctic conditions and the vessel was equipped with new winches, A-frame over the stern slipway, MOB boat arrangement, stern thruster as well as a new DP system. The now renamed Kristine Bonnevie was finished in November 2016 and underwent her naming ceremony in Bergen and is now a part of the Marine Institute’s Norwegian fleet and, with the complete life extension work done, will become a familiar sight in the North Atlantic. While the final tests were being conducted on the Krisine Bonnevie, another Norwegian research vessel, Johan Hjort, arrived for a more complex upgrade with the entire propulsion and main electrical production and distribution system being replaced with a state-of-the-art hybrid system. The vessel has now been fitted with a new main engine, gearbox, propeller, combined shaft generator-electric propulsion motor, switchboard and power management system, Tier III-compliant auxiliary engine and the latest battery technology. In addition, the entire bridge has received an upgrade, trawl control systems upgraded as well as the ships network and electronics.
The Johan Hjort will re-enter service with added redundancy, lower environmental profile and with added flexibility. In addition to marine research contract, Baatbygg has had the pleasure of undertaking several ongoing projects on fishing vessels, live fish carriers, ferries and offshore vessels.
BAATBYGG SHIPYARD COMPLETES GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FOR THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
In addition to the recent and current major projects undertaken, the Baatbygg yard have also carried out services on the following vessels that have visited the yard the last couple of months:
Teigenes: • Docking • Repair of side thruster
Ramoen: • Docking • Bottom treatment & general paint work • New arrangement for locking of drop keel • Modifications to factory • Modifications and repairs to hydraulics • Electrical repairs and modifications
Research: • Docking. Bottom survey for new owners • General paint and cleaning work Nordøytrål: • Slipping • Repair of damage to hull • General repairs
Serving the entire marine sector With over 70 years’ experience in the vessel building, repair and maintenance business, there isn’t much that the Baatbygg company don’t know about boats. Boasting of a combination of varying facilities all within one site, including a dock of 148m, hall of 80m, slipway of 100m (total quay coverage of 400m), no project is beyond the means of this state-or-the-art shipyard which also has all related services inhouse, including everything from engineering, steel works, pipe fitting, engine workshop and surface treatment personnel. Specializing in building, repair and vessel conversion projects, mainly from vessels of 40m and upwards, Baatbygg AS has evolved to become one of Norway’s most important shipyards due to its ability to handle all sizes of vessels in all marine sectors and the facilities at Baatbygg, and the degree of services provided, seems to be a winning combination for the yard. The company is proud to have the owners of some of the world’s most advanced vessels, in many different marine sectors, as their regular customers and that this is evidence of the high standard of the work carried out on all projects by the company.
Norway’s leading net and rope manufacturer Selstad puts its huge success down to its strategy of investment in research and development, working closely with fishermen, and producing innovative designs to help cope with the constant challenges of a demanding industry. Whilst every company in the highly competitive international net and gear business likes to think that their product is the best, some are known to rest on previous successes and continue to mass produce a small range of ‘tried and tested’ popular gears. However, at the Selstad HQ in Måløy in Norway, the attitude is somewhat different and is more like ‘’ok, that design was good for that particular customer, now we need a more innovative net design for our next client’’. It is this logic, and a strategy the company has employed for the past sixty years, that has seen continuing growing demand for Selstad trawls, for pelagic and demersal fishing, as well as purse and fly shooting seines, and has brought the company a reputation for listening to their customers and meeting their demands. ‘’Development and innovation have always been our main goals,’’ explained Selstad’s Product Manager Haakon Vederhus who added that the Selstad company take great pride in constantly working to focus on quality and service in order to deliver reliable products to their customers. ‘’One of the challenges we place most importance on in recent years was that of reducing fishing gear ‘drag’ and thereby reducing fuel consumption for the vessel – this is not just improving economics for the vessel owners but also is more environmentally friendly as less fuel used means less emissions i.e. reducing the carbon footprint of a fishing vessel during its operation at sea,’’ he said, adding that the first step in this challenge was to work on reducing the diameter of the twines in the nets without sacrificing the overall strength of the gear. In tackling this problem, the Selstad company have achieved no small success and, through constant research and development, have managed to reduce twine diameters down from the original 4mm, firstly to 3.1mm and then down to an impressive 2.6mm. This, through the use of the company’s own range of ‘Streamline’ twines and gear has seen fuel costs greatly reduced for all of Selstad’s fishermen customers all across Norway, the EU and further afield. Indeed, Selstad are a truly international company and although their manufacturing net lofts are based in Måløy, Aalesund, Thromso and in Skagen, Denmark, the firm also holds associated companies in Iceland, Greenland and South Africa, as well as partners in Russia, South Korea, India, France, Holland and Scotland. “The reduction of twine diameter to provide less drag in our Streamline nets is just one example of how our dedication to R&D and finding solutions for our customers has been so successful,” commented Håkon, adding that such dedication is vital for Selstad’s business sectors such as fishing gear, rope production, safety equipment and equipment for industry and Offshore as well as the aquaculture industry. Selstad’s focus on development of design and materials has meant that the latest models Streamline 536, 630 and 810 have been well-received by fishermen who report that Streamline is reducing towing resistance but with increased durability despite a thinner twine. In the demersal fisheries sector, Streamline trawls are produced in many different sizes; Streamline 470, 536, 630 as well as Streamline 810, which provides more height to increase catch rates of haddock and saithe. Customers keep faith with quality Proof, if any were needed, of the quality of Selstad’s seine nets and trawls is seen in the fact that Norway’s previous largest demersal factory ship Holmøy relies on Selstad for their major trawling operations and that the current largest Norwegian factory vessel Ramoen is also a Selstad customer. And, whilst Selstad can number its clients in purse seining, fly shooting, pelagic and whitefish trawling all across Norway and particularly in many EU nations, new orders continue to flow in – as evidenced with the production and supply of a 1,200 pelagic (mackerel) trawl with a large T90 cod end bag for the new Northern Ireland vessel Voyager. Orders also continue to come in from distant locations such as Eastern Russia where Selstad’s innovation and quality are much in demand on fishing vessels working out of Murmansk.
ONE OF NORWAY’S LEADING DESIGNERS OF VESSELS, SKIPSKOMPETANSE AS, CONTINUE TO ENJOY GROWING DEMAND FOR THEIR VASTLY DIVERSE RANGE PORTFOLIO.
Located in the coastal fishing port of Måløy, the Skipskompetanse company enjoys a well-earned reputation in the design and delivery of a wide range of types of vessels and, over many years, have proven themselves to be equally adept in fulfilling the needs of vessel owners in the wild catch fishing industry as well as the aquaculture sector. Indeed, with views of the harbour from their office windows, members of the Skipskompetanse design team have the pleasure of regularly observing fishing and aquaculture vessels of their own making from their desks. In the wild catch fishing industry, the recent success for Skipskompetanse have resulted in advanced design for both coastal and deep sea fishing vessel in Norway. The pelagic vessel design SK -3100 was first built in 2013 and became a great success for owner equipped for seine, pelagic trawling and bottom trawling with state of the art equipment. Additional international contracts built on the SK 3101 design was signed in 2015 with a Russian owner and a series of three vessels are presently being built in Russia. Amongst many advances capabilities of these vessels is that they are designed as ‘ice-class’ with and with holds and capacity of 750m3 of RSW tanks. Company capabilities include 3D drawings, design/class drawings, technical drawings and complete 3D workshop documentation and visualizations. The company delivers, as well as new build support, also a wide service range within vessel retrofit, upgrade, extension and redesign of existing vessels. Over the years the company has also developed a long lasting relation with Stad towing tank for real time water tests (see page 19). The tests delivered may include resistance, propulsion, sea keeping in head and following seas, and directional stability tests with free running models. Skipskompetanse, working with most major classification societies on a daily basis, also enjoys a large database of suppliers to support owners in their equipment selection. Established in 2007 by Per Jørgen Silden, the company and its ten employees have already been involved in major vessel projects in Norway, Russia, China and Taiwan, including completion of several highly advances live fish carriers up to 82m for the aquaculture industry. “Design is about creating and shaping functionality and of course the result of this process,” he told Look West. “We think that a good design should look good without compromising the qualities and functions of the product,” he said, adding that the design should contribute to increase the value of the product and it’s ability to generate income.
“Ship design is in a continuous development and changes to adapt to new technology; new requirements from ship owners, authorities, and classification societies and of course the end customer. “As ship designers we need to think smart, design smart and constantly keep pace with or be ahead of the technological development both considering how we work and technologies and equipment used for building and equipping the vessels,” he added. The SK live fish carriers design is well proven over several years and have earned a well-deserved reputation in the industry. “The owners of these vessels are truly satisfied with the feedback from their blue-chip clients delivering superb quality services every day along the harsh Norwegian coast line,” Per Jørgen Silden commented, adding that the development of this unique and technical advanced vessel is done in a close cooperation between owner and yard securing optimal results and services for the end user. “Our goal is to constantly develop and find new approaches to the problems we solve. “We utilize the latest available software and methodology in engineering and development and, by including more details in the design work, we achieve better integration of the design and better solutions in the final product.”
The renowned Stadyard Shipyard and leading vessel design company Skipskompetanse AS, both based in Måløy, have been chosen for the production of two new 39.7m state-of-the art Purse and Danish seine vessels.
When Norwegian fishing companies Brødrene Bakken AS and Odvar Nes AS decided to order new vessels, they joined forces and shared their philosophy to find the ‘perfect’ vessel for their requirements and, after reviewing designs and shipyards on the international market, their search led them to Skipskompetanse’s SK3355 design and the high quality of build of the Stadyard Shipyard. In ordering these two vessels together (Yard builds no. 41 & 42 to be named Støttfjord and Lise Beate) the owners wanted to keep cost low and at the same time develop a state of the art vessel.
“The owners set tough requirements for the vessel characteristics, operating cost and arrangement and the idea was to arrange a modern vessel ready for fishing into the future with low fuel consumption and low emissions,” explained Per Jørgen Silden of Skipskompetanse, adding that many rounds of optimization were performed including CFD hull analysis before testing final result at Stad Towing Tank in Måløy. Agnar Lyng, Stadyard MD believes that these 39.7m x 9.8m boats will be the most advanced vessels in their class and have the best operational characteristics, and will be arranged for fishing with purse net and Danish seine for pelagic species and white fish.
With six RSW tanks arranged with a pump and manifold room in between, on main deck a fish processing factory shall be located and fish will be pumped on board, on both 499 GT sister ships, from purse net or Danish seine using fish pump or vacuum pump.
NORWEGIAN GROUP ENJOYS GROWING SUCCESS Måløy, a fishing community on the island of Vågsøy on Norway’s rugged coast, and its Måløy Maritime Group (MMG), is displaying how genuine commercial cooperation can bring competitively priced, high quality expertise and services to the international fishing industry, with spectacular results. While the concept of a commercial or business cluster, a geographic concentration of interconnected business, suppliers and associated institutions in a particular field (as already exists in the Danish port of Skagen or in the Danish FishTec group for example), may not exactly be a new one, the application of this strategy directly for fisheries and the marine sector is genuine ‘outside the box’ thinking.
Since its inception in 1990 by one Michael Porter in his report The Competitive Advantage of Nations has been adopted over the past twenty years as a vital commercial tool for strategic management in the U.S., Germany and the UK in particular, and its common sense notion that ‘one larger entity is stronger than the sum of its parts’ is evidenced in the fact that this strategy has become the focus for many government programs worldwide. In essence, a business cluster is ‘a geographical location where enough resources and competences amass to reach a critical threshold, giving it a key position in a given economic branch of activity, and with a decisive sustainable competitive advantage over other places, in that sector (e.g. Silicon Valley and Hollywood)’.
From a theory to a reality Taking an already accepted and proven ‘smart’ idea for commercial management and turning it into something that can provide a genuine ‘one-stop-shop’ for fishing vessel owners is in itself taking the original concept to a completely new level. However, the MMG group (www. maloymaritime.no) have slightly altered the original aim of ‘clustering’ as one that should put customer service above basic commercial revenue increase. What Michael Porter originally identified as the vital elements (to increase productivity, drive innovation, and stimulate new business for those participating in the cluster), the MMG see as secondary and they have adapted the idea so they can place greater priority, and with some local pride, in providing customers with top quality service. In other words, the clustering concept was intended to make increased revenue for its members but the MMG, who obviously also want to increase turnover too, place more importance on working in successful cooperation to produce a product/service that vessel owners will see as ‘first class’. A genuine ‘one-stop-shop’.
There can be few locations around the world that, sited in such breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings on Norway’s west coast, lies a four-mile radius of every conceivable commercial service that a fishing, or indeed any marine sector, vessel would require. From its three boatyards of varying sizes, marine electronics and electrical depots, two internationally renowned ship design companies, a major player in the global net & rope manufacturing industry, an international oil supply & bunkering company, as well as fish processing and fishmeal, and other ancillary services & chandlery, it’s fair comment to say that Måløy ‘has it all’. Far from being just a fanciful notion of community spirit, Måløy’s companies two years ago set about showcasing its expertise to the world when they took on the daunting task of building a state-of-theart 70m pelagic purse seiner vessel which, once the bare hull arrived from Poland in August 2014, saw ten of the MMG group of companies participate in the huge task of completing this project with no outside assistance. Just nine months later (March 2015) the pride of the west Norwegian fleet, Torbas, set sail from Måløy on its maiden fishing trip -- a significant moment for those in the local community. With such a strong history and tradition in vessel building for the sea fishing industry since 1923 with the impressive local boatyards marking many achievements, the completion of Torbas may not have been the highlight of a century of ups and downs and coming through some tough times, but it certainly represented a new era that marked this region, and the MMG group as a major player in the international ship design and construction sector. And, as if further evidence was needed, in the last three years the local boatyards have produced several additional new builds and many vessel conversions and repair projects. Proof of the success of Måløy today is that having come through recession times, the thriving town now boasts, not only of the 17 top manufacturing and service companies involved in the MMG cluster, but also is home to several fishmeal factories and fish processing plants.
The Måløy Maritime Group’s 17 companies, with more currently considering joining the group, offers a complete range of services to the fishing and sea-going fleet, undertaking all relevant operations, available 24/7. Together these companies have a turnover of 1.3 billion NOK (GB£100m/US$142.9m)) and have a total of approximately 300 employees The completion of growing numbers of new vessel orders of all sizes and types, has resulted in renewed interest from the international community but the member companies in the MMG group are keen to point out that they don’t wish to be solely associated with the pelagic industry as, for Måløy is a genuine fishing community.
A wide range of services - from nets to engineering and shipyards, many of them, their tradition has come from the construction of inshore and mid-sized whitefish (demersal) trawlers, fly shooters and long liners. “IN MÅLØY WE LIVE AND BREATHE FISH. THIS TOWN IS STEEPED IN THE TRADITION OF THIS INDUSTRY. “THE MMG CLUSTER GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER, NOT JUST IN NEW VESSELS, BUT IN AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES IN ONE LOCATION,” - KNUT HELGE, VERLO AS."
Growth following the establishment and the initial success of the MMG and its 11-strong membership of companies in 2015, a strategic plan of co-operation was set in motion to showcase this port’s capabilities to the international commercial fishing industry. The successful development of this project has resulted in the MMG’s ‘family’ increasing from 11 to 17 in under two years. “The theory of a group of companies working in co-operation for the overall benefit of the project as a whole isn’t a new concept – but when you apply this strategy to a small harbour with many fishing service companies in one location then you have the making of a ‘one-stop-shop’ which, although sometimes challenging, has been a rewarding project for all involved,” explained MMG Project Manager Laetitia Pipaluk Rosing. The MMG cluster idea was based on strong foundations as this port already ‘has it all’ in terms of services. From shipyards to electronics to nets and longlines, the formation of a cluster has been so successful that it is spreading, with additional companies not just from the Måløy area but also up to the Cape West area. “Naturally the aim of the project is to see increased revenue for those involved – but as a group the MMG have placed priority on customer relationships and service – we want our clients to not only feel that they are getting value for money but that they are entering a business relationship where their purchase and investment in any product, be it a complete fishing vessel or simply a mechanical part or fishing gear, is held in high esteem,” Ms Rosing added.
Consensus on a strategy MMG members have no hesitation in praising the work and potential long term benefits of the MMG cluster project: “We have fully supported the MMG cluster proposal from Day 1,” said Selstad chief Hans Petter Selstad. “The cluster is more than just a business strategy – it’s an opportunity for the international fishing industry to see that here is a place that has everything from ship design, shipyards to build projects, power & electronics to be installed, and fishing gear ready to go on board,” he added. “Obviously, we, as a group of diverse companies, are stronger together than just standing alone,” said MH Service director Bent Hammersvik. “The most important thing for the customer is to have flexible options available when considering undertaking a project in Måløy and the formation of the MMG group does just that,” commented Agnar Lyng of the Stadyard vessel building company. “Nothing is impossible and, for the MMG group, this is the message we want to deliver to our customers,” he said. “Måløy is steeped in fishing tradition and the companies here are highly qualified in the services they offer,” said Kjell Inge Sjåstad, MD of the impressive Baatbygg shipyard. “Getting the word out there has been the first part of the MMG strategy but the next step will be securing a project so that we can show the international fishing industry what a high standard of work we can all produce.”
Blogpost by Cormac Burke, Fishcomm.