Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has signed an $8m contract with Norwegian shipyard Myklebust Verft for the delivery of a new live fish carrier (LFC) for live fish transportation company Sølvtrans.

In addition, KM signed a long-term service agreement (LTSA) with Sølvtrans for maintaining their fleet.

The new 5,000m³ LFC will be built according to KM’s new NVC 390 design with improved sustainability, operating on low emissions.

The newbuild will be equipped with the KONGSBERG equipment package, which consists of Promas propulsion, electrical systems, generators, thrusters, and automation.

Kongsberg Maritime ship design sales director Monrad Hide said: “We greatly appreciate the collaboration we have developed with Sølvtrans and Myklebust. Sølvtrans’ determination to promote humane, environmentally friendly operation is entirely consistent with Kongsberg’s mission to incorporate sustainability in everything we do, and this cooperation has had major positive ripple effects in our region.”

The new LTSA has been signed due to the market challenges faced by Sølvtrans in the area of product life cycle management, account management, and quality of service.

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Kongsberg Maritime aftermarket sales manager Leif Johnny Ulleland said: “These factors are equally as important to Sølvtrans as the investment cost of their newbuild and are now included in our new LTSA.”

As part of the LTSA, KM will manage the combined fleet of 25 vessels run by Sølvtrans and Sølvtrans Chile, operating in Norway, Canada, Tasmania, Scotland, and Chile.

Sølvtrans CEO Roger Halsebakk said: “We are pleased to strengthen and build on our relationship with Kongsberg Maritime, both through commissioning this new LFC and confirming our business link for the future through signing an LTSA.

“Kongsberg has been a trusted partner for many years, and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that our vessels operate as sustainably, humanely, and efficiently as possible.”

Ulleland added: “We have enjoyed a long and close collaboration with Sølvtrans, servicing their vessels and supporting their daily operations. Looking forward, we are now working on improving their dock planning, upgrading their battery options, examining digitalisation opportunities, and setting them up for remote access.”

As of now, KM has designed as many as eight LFCs for the company, with six formerly built or under construction at Myklebust Verft.

Moreover, Sølvtrans is also planning to invest approximately $824m on 18 newbuild vessels by 2025.