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AKVA Group and Borealis Launch Workboat Hull Crafted from Renewable Plastic

Borealis and AKVA group are pleased to announce a breakthrough in sustainable aquaculture: a workboat hull constructed from renewable plastic. The boat will be unveiled in Mo i Rana, Norway, in Spring 2024, marking a significant step forward for circularity in marine technology.

Borealis is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions. AKVA group is the world's foremost technology provider to the aquaculture industry.

The iconic Polarcirkel™ series are known for its practical design, exceptional reliability, and unmatched safety. Used in a wide range of industries, including fish farming, oil and gas, rescue, defense, Arctic tours, and recreational boating, these vessels can endure some of the most challenging conditions on the planet, from -40°C in Arctic regions to +55°C in the tropics.

Using Borealis’ Bornewables™ portfolio of renewable polyolefins, AKVA group can now offer these boats with a substantially reduced carbon footprint. Derived from renewable sources such as used cooking oil, the Bornewables offer the same material performance as virgin plastics yet decoupled from fossil-based feedstock.

The hull is made from Borealis BorSafe™ HE3490-LS-HW grade, which is composed of 90% renewable content based on a Mass Balance approach. For every kilogram of polyolefin produced, this grade achieves an estimated reduction of 1.9 kg of CO2 equivalent emissions when compared to a fossil-based equivalent.

AKVA group has also taken sustainability a step further, transporting materials to Mo i Rana by train to minimize the transportation carbon footprint.

These measures represent clear and measurable progress towards reducing climate impact and establishing a circular economy. In the near future, the partnership between Borealis and AKVA group is set to expand to cover a wider range of workboat components as well as floating aquaculture constructions made of pipes.

“The aquaculture industry is poised for a circular transformation, and we’re excited to lead the charge with the help of Borealis. Our first priority will always be the safety of the people on board our vessels, and it’s remarkable that this can now be achieved just as effectively with a much smaller carbon footprint,” says Freddy Bakken Braseth, General Manager of the AKVA group department in Mo i Rana.

“We’re committed to supporting our customers to move away from traditional feedstock and to embrace renewable materials,” adds John Webster, Borealis Global Commercial Director Infrastructure. “The use of the Bornewables in Polarcirkel affirms that high-performance standards can be met sustainably. This move is a significant step forward in our EverMinds mission to accelerate the transformation to a circular economy—with this we put reinventing essentials for sustainable living into full action.”


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