FSV to support Bakkafrost’s Scottish activityOffshore supply vessel Viking Athene is to become farming service vessel Bakkanes. Photo: Bakkafrost

Faroese aquaculture group Bakkafrost has acquired a farming service vessel (FSV) as part of its value chain investment programme to develop farming operations in Scotland.

Bakkafrost has entered an agreement with Eidesvik Shipping AS to purchase Viking Athene, which has operated as a supply vessel in the Norwegian offshore industry.

The 73.4 metre LOA, 16.4 metre beam Viking Athene is a sister ship to Bakkafrost’s FSV Martin, which was aquired in 2016. Viking Athene will be renamed Bakkanes.

“We plan to repurpose the ship into a farming service vessel, as previously undertaken with both Martin and Róland,” said Sverri Kjærbæk, Operations Manager at Bakkafrost.

“Purpose built treatments modifications will be made once the ship has been acquired and registered. It is expected to commence operations later this summer at our sites on the west coast of Scotland.”

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