“Impressively Innovative” Fish Farming Vessel ‘Bakkafossur’ Named Best Large Wellboat of 2023

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Award-winning wellboat Bakkafossur pictured during operations in the Port of Tórshavn. Image credits: Marni Olsen—Knud E. Hansen.

The global fish farming industry needs “larger, more efficient, and more seaworthy service vessels to facilitate its inevitable move further offshore,” wrote Baird Maritime as its publication Workboat World named ‘Bakkafossur’ the Best Large Wellboat of 2023. “This fine new vessel, from the renowned designers at Denmark’s Knud E.Hansen, illustrates that development perfectly,” the leading international maritime publisher added.

Delivered in early January of 2023 as a newbuild to aquaculture major Bakkafrost, headquartered at Glyvrar, Faroe Islands, the 109-meter “Bakkafossur is impressively innovative in many respects from its hybrid propulsion system to its processing and delousing systems,” the publisher noted. “It epitomizes almost every aspect of what Baird Maritime believes make it best in its class.”

Marni Olsen, Project Manager and Senior Naval Architect at Knud E. Hansen, was quoted as saying: “We spent years developing our live fish carrier concepts taking all aspects of the vessel design into consideration, and this also includes foreseeing the future availability of green fuels. I believe we succeeded in preparing the vessel for future conversion to accommodate green fuels by placing the [diesel-electric] generator set on the shelter-deck where the components can be easily removable. In combination with the large aft deck for additional installations in future, this will keep the complexity and costs of conversions to a minimum.”