June 9, 2020


Chinese firm to build world's biggest aquaculture ship of its kind



A 249-meter, 45-meter wide aquaculture ship built by a state-owned, Chinese company will help fulfil China's demand for fish in a more environmentally friendly manner.


The ship is expected to the biggest offshore fish farm ship in the world and is currently being constructed by China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Qingdao, Shandong province.


Construction is expected to be completed in March 2022.


With a displacement of more than 100,000 tonnes, the ship will be powered by an all-electric propulsion system with a top speed of 10 knots, South China Morning Post reported.


The ship will be fitted with 80,000 cubic metres of aquaculture tanks and a temperature-controlled supply chain, and farm mostly high-value species, like large yellow croaker, grouper and Atlantic salmon, China State Shipbuilding said.


China produces and consumes about two-thirds of the world's fish. However, its huge demand for seafood leads to adverse consequences for the environment.


The new ship could provide a better alternative to nearshore tanks that are known to be a major source of water pollution and excessive fishing which increases the threat of species extinction. It could also potentially produce 3,200 tonnes of large yellow croakers a year. The species is classified as critically endangered due to the impact of excessive fishing.


"With deeper water, faster currents and more suitable temperatures, the offshore farms can minimise their impact on the environment while ensuring the needs of the domestic market are met," said Chen Xiangmiao, an associate researcher at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.


- South China Morning Post