Since 1960, Nor-Fishing has been an important national and international meeting place for the fisheries industry. Today it is one of the largest fisheries technology exhibitions in the world, focusing mainly on innovations and environmental challenges. In recent years, the exhibition has drawn around 17.000 visitors from about 56 countries.
In August every second year, the Trondheim Spektrum exhibition area opens its gates for the fisheries industry. Trondheim, Norway’s third biggest city, is transformed into a meeting point for around 15 000 people working with electronics, vessel design, onboard handling and value-added products for the fisheries industry. All very eager to take part of the latest developments and technological innovations in the sector.
During this year’s 4-day long exhibition, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of suppliers, buyers and colleagues from many important fishing nations. It became clear to me that the focus on the exhibition was on the environment and on environmentally friendly solutions for new ship buildings and repowering of the existing fleet.
Foto: Snolys.no / Stiftelsen Nor-Fishing
Environmental challenges in focus in the fisheries industry
During the last 15 years, the fishing industry has undergone a tremendous development in technology, processes, transports and services related to fishing. Today, the main focus in the industry is, more or less, fish farms (pisciculture) far out in the ocean. In Norway, we have large companies like Marine Harvest and Cermaq working in this area. Different design companies are really looking into huge fish farm projects, where NSK Ship Design is one of the leaders. While the industry is expanding there is a large focus on the environment. The industry is looking into vessels with hybrid solutions and battery package combined with charging stations far out in the ocean powered by wind farms.
During the exhibition, we managed to visit and talk to many of the yards, design companies and ship owners, and we are very confident that Volvo Penta is the perfect choice for this line of business. Volvo Penta took the opportunity to exhibit both our state-of-the-art propulsion engines and reliable marine gensets together with our authorized dealers in Norway. We highlighted the ways in which our products live up to our customers’ demands, such as uptime, cost of ownership and an extensive aftermarket support.
To summarize – Nor-Fishing 2016 was brilliant and it resulted in a lot of new possibilities. We had good dialogs with the owners/yards and design companies, and one of the things I will bring back home is that this market will continue to grow and Volvo Penta will be the perfect fit for our customers.
I hope you enjoyed reading my article about Nor-Fishing 2016, and that you gained some new knowledge and insights about our industry. Feel free to contact me with any questions or visit our website for more information.