Bakkafrost purchases supply vessel to be repurposed for Scottish operations

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“Viking Athene” will be renamed “Bakkanes”.

In a press release, Bakkafrost writes that it has purchased a farming service vessel as part of its value chain investment programme to develop farming operations in Scotland and strengthen biological performance.

Bakkafrost has entered an agreement with Eidesvik Shipping to purchase the supply vessel “Viking Athene”, which has operated as a supply vessel in the Norwegian offshore industry.

At 241 feet long and 54 feet wide, “Viking Athene” is a sister ship to Bakkafrost’s FSV “Martin” purchased in 2016. She will be renamed “Bakkanes”.

Bakkafrost operations manager Sverri Kjærbæk said the company plans on repurposing the ship into a farming service vessel (FSV) as was previously undertaken with both “Martin” and “Róland”.

“Purpose built treatments modifications will be made once the ship has been acquired and registered. It is expected to commence operations later this summer at our sites on the West Coast of Scotland,” added Kjærbæk.