July 13th, 2018 by Paul
The three finalists for the Nor-Fishing Innovation Award 2018
The Nor-Fishing Foundation received 14 applications for this year’s Innovation Award – this is five more than at Nor-Fishing 2016.
This year, much focus is on safety and reduction of harmful effects on the environment, both in the ocean and the air, and for crew members. There is also a focus on technology that will contribute to sustainable fisheries. The Jury found that several of the applications show a high degree of innovation that can contribute to a sound development of the industry.
The Jury consists of Mr. Jan Henrik Sandberg (Norwegian Fishermen’s Association), Oddvar Staulen (Innovation Norway) and Kjell Maroni (The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund).
The Innovation Award will be presented to the winner by Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg on the opening day of Nor-Fishing 2018.
The Jury has examined all applications carefully, and has now submitted its selection of the three finalists to the Board of Directors of the Nor-Fishing Foundation:
Liegruppen Fiskeri AS, at Straume, Fjell Municipality, and Salt Ship Design AS, Stord in the county of Sunnhordland has developed a high-tech, cost effective and environment friendly fishing vessel. The vessel will be delivered during the first quarter of 2020. Experience from this project may have great importance for the development of environment friendly vessels in Norway and internationally in the future.
The vessel will be the very first fishing vessel powered by a main negine running 95% on LNG, but it can also run on diesel. The main engine is dimensioned for the power needs for propulsion and electrical power form normal operations. One of the auxiliary engines can also switch from LNG to diesel and supplement the main engine during period sof bad weather.
The core of the hybrid battery system is a battery bank with a maximum energi content of 500 kWh. By using electrically powered deck machinery, significant reduction of fuel consumption will be achieved. A gas-powered boiler in combination with heat recovery will also contribute to this.
Turbines in the tanks that are in contradiction with the ship’s movements will generate energy absorbed in batteries. The effect of the innovative systems is intended to reduce fuel consumption by approx. 15%, NOx emissions by around 80% and CO2 emissions by 24%.
Sago Solutions AS, Sagvåg develops an innovative catch-securing system for line fishing, especially for use in connection with fishing for toothfish in the South Sea. In this fishery there is a problem with whales eating the fish on the line when it is hauled to the surface.This problem may be so great that it threatens sustainability in parts of the industry.
In particular, sperm whales and killer whales can in some waters steal about 75% of the catch. The same problem also exists in connection withfor example the Greenland halibut fishery inthe Vesterålen region in Norway.
In addition to the financial loss, this also generates environmental challenges. The fleet must spend longer time filling its quotas, resulting in increased emissions in vulnerable areas. Whales get access to large amounts of food without active hunting, and for the killer whale, toothfish is not part of its natural diet, as they live at different depths.
The total consequences of this problem are still not fully understood.
Sago Extreme is a large aluminum structure that protects the fish on the line. The line is fed through the aluminium structure and collects the catch already on the seabed. By-catch and small fish escape through holes in the structure. Sago Extreme can be dimensioned for different fishing operations. Each Sago Extreme has a given stretch of rope that ends in a stopper that makes the aluminium structure come with ropes up to the surface and hoisted aboard the crane.
Stø Technology AS, Hareid. The company’s innovation is a catch management system that aims to eliminate most of the quality challenges associated with traditional trawl fishing. The project, called TRAWL 2.0, also aims at significant improvements in environment, efficiency, HSE and animal welfare, as well as optimized resource utilization and increased value creation on board.
The company is developing completely new and patented technology that allows for a gentle recovery of the catch from the trawl without interrupting the actual trawling operation. Thus, the trawler will achieve a far more continuous and consistent raw material access than today without the traditional quality problems occurring.
In addition to recovering the catch, the catch management system can also be used for fish finding and trawl surveillance. The company considers the technology leap as disruptive, with major implications for future vessel and process optimization, new operating modes and business models, as well as market development, etc.