The increasing demand for fish has led many fish farm owners to move from inshore to further offshore where space allows for expanded aquaculture production. In addition, pollution, rising costs and intense competition for shoreline real estate create significant incentives for positioning fish farms offshore.
To address this growing trend, ABS has published the Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Fish Farming Installations, and is applicable to several types of installations including spar-type, column-stabilized type, ship-shape floating fish farming installation as well as non-buoyant fish farming installation.
The Guide provides class requirements for the design, construction, installation and survey of non-self-propelled, sited offshore fish farming installations. Specifically, the Guide addresses three major elements: the fish farming hull structure, the mooring system or foundation, and onboard machinery, equipment and systems that are not part of the aquaculture systems.
ABS has been involved in several offshore fish farm projects with particular consideration of the unique characteristic of the installation with regards to global performance, structure, mooring and stability.