The transition to a greener, electric-powered fleet is well underway in fish farming, according to Moen Marin, the world’s largest supplier of electric and hybrid workboats to the aquaculture industry.
The Norwegian company’s market forecast for 2022 predicts that nearly 80% of the newbuilds it delivers this year will be hybrid or fully electric-powered vessels.
systems. For deliveries in 2023, the share of hybrid and fully electric vessels will be even higher.
“The market has evolved very quickly. Moen Marin sold its first hybrid-electric-powered vessel in 2019, and just three years later, we are seeing demand for these vessels catching up with conventional vessels,” says CEO Terje Andreassen.
Moen Marin believes that seafood consumer sentiment is a key driver of this market shift: “Consumers expect and demand more climate-friendly food, as well as more sustainable and responsible food production. “Fish farmers have obviously spotted this market trend, and now they want to adapt their business to it. Across the aquaculture industry, leaders are looking for every possible way to reduce emissions and run operations more sustainably,” says Terje Andreassen.
Andreassen and Moen Marin also expect new government laws and regulations, consumer demands and necessary certification requirements to help reduce emissions and improve the sustainability of the aquaculture industry.
Moen Marin has calculated that its most popular aquaculture workboat, the NabCat 1480, can reduce CO2 emissions by 200 tonnes per year if powered by electricity instead of fossil fuels.
Another advantage is better working conditions for the crew; less exhaust gas, noise and vibration. Less noise is also good for fish welfare.
Starting in 2022, all Moen Marin boats can be delivered with electric and hybrid operation. Additionally, Moen Marin has introduced the eCont and eBox mobile power banks to improve power
The Norwegian Seafood Federation has announced that the country’s aquaculture industry is set to become fully electric by 2030. This can reduce climate gas emissions by 360,000 tonnes per year, which is comparable to emissions from 180,000 cars.
However, the green transition is not only about reducing CO2 emissions. Moen Marin believes electrification will also help businesses cut costs and save money.