Investment surge from aquaculture industry.
At a time when traditionally important orders for offshore supply ships and anchor handling tug vessels have dried up, the aquaculture industry has taken over as, by far, the most important customer across Norwegian shipyards.
And after 7-8 very good years, with historically high salmon prices, fish farmers are not tightening investment budgets.
According to an overview prepared by Maritime Magasin, there are currently as many as 16 wellboats and 56 service vessels, of different sizes, on order at Norwegian shipyards.
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Among those booked up with plenty of work is the wellboat specialist Aas Mek. Verksted. Sølvtrans has ordered five wellboats from them. In addition, is an order from Brønnbåt Nord and one from Nova Sea Service.
Another shipyard that has enough work is Sletta Verft. The company FSV Group dominates with a total order of seven service boats. In addition, there are two orders from Frøy Akvaressurs, one from Fylkesnes Fisk and one from Frøy Nord.
Risnes Marine Craft has also filled up its order books. Mowi is having four workboats built, Cermaq two and one for Lingalaks. In addition, the shipyard has two workboats under construction for resale.