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Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management granted a permit for the operation of a floating mussel farm in the Borssele 3 offshore wind farm, a few weeks ago.

In collaboration with the shellfish sector and mussel farmers, OOS SMF has developed the Semi-submersible Mussel Farm, suitable for growing mussels based on hanging culture at open seas. By applying submersible technology, the breeding and harvesting location at open seas will be protected against waves and storms. A suitable location in deeper waters can be used for the largescale cultivation of mussels.

The first unit, the OOS Cees Leenaars will measure 76 mtr. by 32 mtr. and wind, solar and current power supply is implemented to allow charging of the supply vessels collecting and transporting the mussels onshore. With this technology, OOS aims for Zero Co2 emissions.Moreover, the design philosophy of the SMF is based on the floater/column design of the vessels OOS Serooskerke/Walcheren, enabling the SMF to be submersed in harsh environments at sea.

Based on the outcome of this pilot study the SMF will go into production.The expectation is that multiple “mussel farms” can be implemented along the coast of Zeeland.

Source : Nauticus Live