Project Manager: Ørjan Selvik, SINTEF Ocean
Partners: Marin Design, Møre Maritime, AQS, Lerow, Aqualine, MOWI, Kongsberg Maritime Merchant Marine, Kongsberg Seatex, MacGregor, NTNU IMT and SINTEF
Duration: Q1 2019 – Q4 2019


Service vessels are a key and much used resource during aquaculture operations. The aim of the project “MS Exposed” is to develop an integrated design methodology for service vessels that links vessel design, deck equipment and operational safety, for use in exposed areas. Two design concepts for future service vessels will be developed. 

Many aquaculture operations are complex and involve considerable risk of injury to personnel, material damage and fish escapes. Currently, the majority of service vessels are unique in terms of their design and equipment. This makes it difficult to standardise operational procedures. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated design methodology for service vessels that ensures safety and efficient vessel operation in exposed areas.

There is considerable potential for innovative vessel design for use in exposed areas by means of combining vessel design and safety barrier factors. By establishing a library for operations, operational requirements, equipment and essential resources, it will be possible to accelerate the design process and, at the same time, ensure that new vessels can carry out the required operations once they are built.

The project will provide greater levels of knowledge about the operations carried out, and their influence on vessel design. Safety factors will be incorporated in the design process by means of integrating safety barriers and risk assessments. In the long-term, the project will make a contribution towards several well-documented service vessel designs for use in exposed areas.

Innovation potential:

  • New knowledge that will improve design methodology for the next generation of service vessels. The methodology shall combine vessel design and deck equipment.
  • Greater levels of knowledge about aquaculture operations, and the influence that said operations have on vessel design
  • A contribution towards several well-documented service vessel designs for use in exposed areas

Affiliated projects:

  • Ph.D. students Hans Tobias Slette and Ingunn M. Holmen (IMT, NTNU) will be involved in the project.