With SalMar as project owner, the construction of the first Marine Donut is underway. Here you can follow the project's knowledge sharing.
Nils-Johan Tufte has the idea for a donut-shaped closed containment facility. The concept development starts.
SINTEF conducts a pool test of a 1:10 scale model with promising results.
The Directorate of Fisheries awards a development permit to test the Marine Donut concept on a full scale.
The construction is according to plan, and steering towards launch in end of March.
The ring is closed! The main structure is complete and the Donut is getting closer to launch.
Finishing touches on the fish volume! Soon up to 1,100 MTB salmon will be swimming here.
The Marine Donut is in place in the Romsdalsfjord, and it has been lowered into the water. Now, we are awaiting commissioning and testing before it can be filled with fish.
The Marine Donut receives certification and is approved for fish.
Customer, project owner.
Contractor, engineering and construction
Electrical work, automation and instrumentation
Thermoplastic material (HDPE)
UV lamp og Bernoulli filter
Oxygen og emergency-oxygen
Lighting in fish volume
Solar panels from REC
Global analysis and detailed structure design
CFD analysis og simulations
Design verification and product certification
Pool test of scale model 1:10
The project started in August 2022. The facility was completed the summer of 2023 and is scheduled to be filled with fish this fall.
The project's status reports will be published here.
A delegation from the Department of Fisheries and Ocean and the Government of Canada recently visited Norway on a study tour to learn more about closed-containment aquaculture technology. One of the site visits was near Molde for a tour of Bluegreen’s Marine Donut.
We didn't have to go far to find the expertise we needed to get the groundbreaking "Marine Donut" certified. Ranold, located just across the fjord in Herøya Industrial Park, is among Norway's leading environments in flow expertise.
With a position as one of the world's leading players in thermoplastics and specialized expertise in constructing floating closed fish farming facilities, research and development are strategically crucial aspects of our business. We are therefore very pleased to receive notification that two of our projects have been approved for SkatteFUNN over multiple years.
Preliminary research findings indicate that production in "0-lice concepts," such as submerged cages, semi-closed, and closed containment systems, is the most efficient way to transition from red to green in the traffic light system.
Over the weekend, the good news arrived: Aquastructures has given Marine Donut the "approved stamp," and the facility is now authorized for salmon.
The aquaculture industry is expected to grow significantly by 2050 but is under pressure to grow sustainably to ensure Norwegian exports and global food security. This means finding good solutions to challenges and utilizing resources effectively.
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has granted Bluegreen Canada environmental approval to build the Marine Donut.
The series "Ocean Titans" showcases businesses that promote the sustainable use and management of ocean resources on Reuters. Bluegreen was handpicked to participate in the series with our Marine Donut.
During Aqua Nor, we organized a seminar in collaboration with our friends and competitors, FishGlobe and Ovum. The aim was to put Floating Closed Containment on the agenda and share insights and experiences from our three different concepts - Marine Donut, FishGlobe, and Egget.
Aqua Nor 2023 is approaching! Bluegreen is, of course, present, and we hope you'll stop by our booth. The number is easy to remember: A-123.
When the Norwegian Technical Weekly (TU) was preparing a special edition with a focus on the aquaculture industry, Marine Donut was one of the main features. Read the article here.
"I came up with the idea for the Marine Donut in 2015, and after ups and downs, winter and summer, the first facility with a volume of 22,000 m3 is complete!"
On Friday afternoon, Marine Donut embarked on its journey from Bamble to Romsdal Fjord, covering a distance of 510 nautical miles.
Together with FishGLOBE and OVUM, we want to highlight floating closed-containment systems, which we believe is the solution to several challenges that the aquaculture industry is facing right now.
The excitement was palpable as the gigantic closed containment system, Marine Donut, was jacked up and moved from the construction dock onto a barge. There, we will do the final touches and prepare for transport.
It requires both cleverness, strength, and precision when transporting a "donut" weighing over 500 tons for 510 nautical miles along the Norwegian coast. The biggest challenge is transferring it from the construction dock onto the barge.
Per Sandberg was the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture when Marine Donut was granted a development permit. He remembers the project well and wasted no time accepting our invitation to visit the soon-to-be-completed fish farming facility.
Austrian company AGRU is one of the world's largest suppliers of thermoplastics. We have been closely collaborating with AGRU for several years, and they have supplied all the thermoplastic materials for Marine Donut.
Aquaculture Awards celebrates projects, companies or individuals making an outstanding contribution to the global aquaculture industry.
This is the opinion of Norsk Industri, who visited Bluegreen earlier this week. The delegation from Oslo got the full tour of "The Donut".
Aquaculture is an important part of securing healthy food for the world’s increasing population. But the fish farming solutions have to be sustainable. The event "The Blue Food Solution: Aquaculture Technology Showcase" showcases this.
- Our second year of operation is coming to an end. 2022 has become a year that has exceeded my expectations - and I'm not known for being modest! Watch a compilation of this year's highlights.
Let's further develop the Norwegian fish farming industry and export technology, was our message when parliamentary politician Jone Blikra and mayor Hallgeir Kjeldal came on a company visit together with NHO (The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise).
The industry media iLaks.no visited Bluegreen last week. They were given a tour of the facility where Marine Donut is being built, and a good chat with our managing director Nils-Johan Tufte.
Salmon lice, escapes and access to area are among the challenges the Directorate of Fisheries sees within the aquaculture industry at present. The system of development permits will help to solve these challenges. The Directorate of Fisheries is pleased that the Marine Donut concept is now being realized.
Norwegian National Broadcasting (NRK) joined SalMar and the Directorate of Fisheries on an inspection to see the world's largest "doughnut" being built. See the feature here.
The idea for the doughnut-shaped fish farm came in 2015. Now SalMar and Bluegreen have signed a contract to take over the development permits and build the first Marine Donut. This will become the world's largest construction in thermoplastics.
A scaled model of the closed-containment fish farm Marine Donut has arrived in Newfoundland to be modified and tested locally. The aim is to build a full-scale model in the province for ocean trials over the next growing season.
We have established a Bluegreen subsidiary in Canada, aiming to introduce the Marine Donut to salmon farmers in the Americas.
Together with Uponor Infra, Waister and Signify, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar during the Aqua Nor trade fair. The topic is "State-of-the-Art Solutions for Closed Fish Farming" and we will present four important disciplines for eco efficient fish farming.
In order to increase fish production and ensure good fish welfare, we must find solutions to the challenges of escape, lice and overconsumption of medicine and feed. The new, sustainable and cost-effective product Marine Donut, solves these problems, writes Fiskeri og Havbruk in an article about Bluegreen.
We know from experience that two things are crucial for the success of a start-up: the right partners and ongoing solid control of the economy. That is why we have hired Erik Ritch-Reinfjord from BDO as our CFO. We have a fantastic first quarter behind us, and are poised to turn over tens of millions in the start-up year. In this article from Finansavisen, Erik and Nils-Johan talk about the collaboration.