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Workers checkon Ocean Farm 1 on Saturday, when it was delivered to its Norwegian owner. RAO RAO/XINHUA

China is delivering the world’s first batch of intelligent offshore ocean farming facilities to Norway, designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s aquaculture industry, the equipment’s manufacturer and analysts said on Sunday.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, one of the country’s major State-owned shipbuilders by revenue, will create and export six offshore fish farms to its Norwegian client to help upgrade salmon farming there.

CSIC delivered the first such facility, Ocean Farm 1, to its Norwegian client, Kverva-based SalMar ASA, in Qingdao on Saturday. The second batch of orders for another five units was sealed in April, with a combined value of more than $300 million.

It is the world’s first offshore salmon farming equipment built on the same principle as semisubmersible installations used in the offshore oil and gas drilling sector, according to Hu Wenming, chairman of CSIC.

Unlike traditional fish farming facilities, the ocean farm embodies advanced technologies including automatic fishing, hydrological monitoring, deep-sea positioning and biological light adjustment systems.

Ocean Farm 1 comprises a slack-anchored, semisubmersible and rigid structure with a high degree of stability. It is intended for offshore installation in waters at 100 to 300 meters in depth. All fish-handling operations can be performed on board, without recourse to external service vessels or equipment.

With a 25-year lifespan, the facility can resist powerful typhoons and is able to cultivate 1.5 million fish a year. It requires only three to seven employees to operate and ensures a fish death rate of fewer than 2 percent. It has more than 20,000 sensors and over 100 monitors and control units.

“It is highly possible for more marine production companies from countries such as the United States, Canada, Denmark,…

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