Faroese MEST beat 10 shipyards for contract.
In April, as part of its value chain investment programme to develop farming operations in Scotland, Bakkafrost purchased the supply vessel “Bakkanes” to be repurposed to a farming service vessel (FSV).
The Faroese shipyard MEST won the tender to repurpose the ship, and the project will start as soon as “M/S Bakkanes” arrives in the Faroe Islands, Bakkafrost wrote in a press release.
“We are very excited to begin this project, and we look forward to working with MEST. The project was tendered to 10 shipyards in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands. We have previously had great collaborations with MEST, who also repurposed our FSV “Róland”, and currently, MEST is responsible for installing a new delousing system onboard our FSV “Martin””, said Bakkafrost operations manager Sverri Kjærbæk.
“M/S Bakkanes” will be equipped with the same delousing system as “M/S Martin”.
The project to repurpose “Bakkanes” includes sandblasting, painting, installation of four cranes and a hawser system, as well as installation of the new FLS delousing system.
A crew from Bakkafrost will sail the ship from Norway to the Faroe Islands, and then the project will begin.
The ship is expected to be completed by mid-August.