ViewPoint develops two aquaculture solutions based on existing offshore technology from the oil and gas industry in the demanding North Sea.
Viewpoint Seafarm is an offshore aquaculture facility that can go the furthest offshore of all projects under development. The fish farm will re-use drilling platforms, which is unique as it has a large capacity for living facilities, control rooms, large crane capacity, helicopter space and the possibility of a research station. It is a hybrid station, as it is mainly powered by a wind turbine. The pens will be developed with demanding and rough seas in mind, and the nets are designed to withstand the harshest conditions. The station will also include a sea lice treatment center. It is currently pool-tested to function at Hs 11, while estimated to Hs 15 in lowered position.
Viewpoint Spidercage applies heave compensation technology currently used as best practices on drilling installations, cranes, and gangways in the North Sea. The technical solution utilizes a floating external construction to withstand the rough seas, with an internal pen that applies the heave compensation while anchored to the seabed. ViewPoint Spidercage allows for remote operation from a center that can operate several units simultaneously. The concept is a complete facility that provides the basis for efficient production and increased fish welfare and is pool-tested and verified to function well at Hs 11.
ViewPoint makes use of untapped potential as their technology enables fish farming in new areas. Hs 8-11 opens new areas for fish farms, and their innovative solutions functions well at Hs 11+. This will ensure a more predictable and sustainable food production.