Ocean Farm 1 – Supply of KikkoNet Net and Net Structure

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Offshore Aquaculture


Aker Yard - Verdal - Trøndelag county - Norway

Salmar Aker Ocean (SAO)

Salmar Aker Ocean (SAO)

Ocean Farm 1 – Supply of KikkoNet Net and Net Structure


Improvement works for Ocean Farm 1, the first and largest semi-submersible aquaculture “offshore” farm, which has been in operation off the coast of Norway since 2017. The project is managed by Salmar Aker Ocean (SAO), the global offshore aquaculture company resulting from a joint venture between SalMar, the Norwegian salmon production giant, and Aker Capital AS 100% owned by Aker ASA, the main shareholder in Aker Solutions ASA, a company with a long history within engineering and construction of offshore installations.


As a supplier of the new net pen in this project, Maccaferri is in charge of supplying the KikkoNet containment net and its built-in structural reinforcements, employing state-of-the-art materials and technologies. The solution combines reliability and technological development, providing high durability and a limited total cost of ownership (TCO), as a result of the selection of easy-to-use and maintenance-friendly materials, providing at the same time absolute safety.

The semi-sub cage is 110 meters in diameter, with a total height of over 50 meters, and it is designed to hold some 1.6 million salmons.

Ocean Farm 1 is expected to be fully operational during spring 2023, after nearly one year yard stay, where improvements work resulting from operational experience after two successful production cycles is being implemented. The improvement works is conducted at Aker Solution’s yard at Verdal, a Norwegian offshore yard. By building Ocean Farm 1, SalMar Aker Ocean AS aims to enhance its off-shore aquaculture capabilities, as a frontrunner for offshore salmon production.