Flowline will help transport live fish more safely Photo: CflowFlowline will help transport live fish more safely Photo: Cflow

Cflow is launching a new solution for transporting live fish in a safe and gentle way.

Flowline is a result of close cooperation with Astorplast and reduces bends, values, lifting height and piping to a minimum on the more frequently used routes.

“After more than 30 years’ experience in fish handling, Cflow has developed a design philosophy based on prioritising the main functions of the fish handling system,” said Tor Andre Rønning, Cflow senior engineer.

“We have developed a new valve with four outlets, which will considerably increase flexibility. Four of these Flowline 5 valves can do the same job as 16 three-way valves on a wellboat with the same function. Similarly, this valve will also simplify fish handling in land-based fish farms,” he added.

A key to Flowline’s success is finding a suitable plastic. “For Flowline, we have chosen a type of plastic that is stronger and more solid than the typical PE or PUR,” explained Birgitte Refsnes, Cflow biologist. “This can handle greater tension and strain.”

Another has been to simplify cleaning and maintenance. “To achieve this the Flowline valves have been given several ports for cleaning, flushing and draining,” said Birgitte Refsnes.

The vessel that will become the world’s largest wellboat, the Gåsø Høvding, is being equipped with Flowline valves. The wellboat is being built at the Turkish Sefine Shipyard, commissioned by Frøy Rederi.

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