12 February 2019 – Fish feed producers and rivals Cargill Aqua Nutrition and Skretting have announced a collaboration for the transportation of fish feed in Norway, under the name “Fjordfrende”.
In this collaboration, feed from both companies will be shipped by the same vessels, thus limiting to some extent shipping traffic and consequently reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Shipping company Eidsvaag has been selected for the planning and handling of transport, including ships currently under contract.
Fredrik Witte, Managing Director, Cargill Aqua Nutrition, North Sea, commented: “With this cooperation we will increase the utilization rate of our fleets and significantly reduce our environmental footprint.”
“We are creating an efficient system by optimizing capacity over time, giving aquaculture a better distribution model. Load capacity will be better utilized, there will be shorter sailing distances and investment opportunities will increase,” added Erlend Sødal, Managing Director of Skretting Norway.
However, the companies stressed that they will remain competitors.
“We will continue to compete on every aspect of our business, including product performance and prices. The difference will be that the feed will be delivered by the same ship operator,” said Witte and Sødal.
Cargill Aqua Nutrition and Skretting have commissioned an independent third party, Tri-Vizor, as a trustee to ensure they continue to operate independently from each other.