Rolls-Royce has secured an order from Norwegian ship owner Sølvtrans to build a new ship specifically for transporting live fish.

Sølvtrans’ is planning to invest NOK 240m ($41.6m) which it plans to fund it through a combination of own cash and loan.

Zamakona shipyard in Spain will build the new vessel to the NVC 386 design including the company’s new developments in hull design to ensure fuel efficiency, cost-effective operations and stability.

Scheduled to be delivered in mid next year, the vessel will feature diesel-electric propulsion, which comprises of two Bergen C 6 diesel engines and a hybrid shaft generator to minimise energy consumption.

The vessel will have comfortable living quarters and working environment for the crew to ensure comfort during long fishing periods at sea.

NVC 386 designed ship will feature eight single cabins capable of accomodating 11 crew, a fitness centre and a sauna.

The vessel will be 76m long and 16m with a load capacity of 3000 m3 divided into three equal loads with sliding bulkheads and pressure system for loading and unloading.

It will be able to carry up to 450 tonnes of live fish and there will be a particular focus on the control of water flow and circulation in the cargo holds to ensure the live fish remain in optimum condition during transportation.

The vessel will be equipped with advanced filters and systems for collection and destruction of parasites as well as a closed system which does not discharge to the sea.