The Quadriga will combine salmon farming with luxury passenger cruises


While the Trump Administration and some of the nation’s biggest food producers move towards farming fish off the coasts of the U.S., others are taking the technology inside.

A German engineering company called Next Generation Cargo is planning to farm Atlantic salmon aboard the world’s largest sailboats  by the year 2023. Each of five, 540 foot sailboats will be able to produce 5.5 million pounds of salmon per year.

Undercurrent News reports that the first vessel – called the ‘Quadriga’ – is already being built at a Chinese shipyard.

The big ship will receive fingerlings from European salmon hatcheries and raise them to harvest size in sea cages contained within the vessel. Because the vessels will sail in international waters, they do not require a license to farm.

The Quadriga will operate on solar and wind power, making it greenhouse gas neutral, and will have maximum flexibility to choose routes which best cater to fish growing. Next Generation also claims the vessels will use controlled feeding and incur “no feed losses” into the ocean.

A promotional video describes the Quadriga as a “first in the Ecoliner class,” and says there also will be luxury passenger cabins on board.

Once the Quadriga is in use, and further vessels are under development, the company is planning to develop a hatchery on the German coast.

Norway is planning an even bigger fish growing ship measuring 1,600 feet in length. The company Pure Atlantic AS describes it as the world’s largest ship.

It will be powered by wind turbines mounted on the back of the vessel and water would flow through the ship into built-in channels in the fish cages.

Pure Atlantic has run into some headwinds as it seeks 45 development permits from the Norwegian Directorate, the most ever.  Fish Farming Expert reports that the reviewers expect that the massive ship can be permitted with more technical specs and descriptions in its application.

Both the German and Norwegian companies hope their designs will revolutionize freight and shipping as well as aquaculture.