The flume tank in Hirtshals is today managed by SINTEF Ocean, and more active than ever. The core products are research projects and commercial testing of trawls and trawl doors. Numerous trawls have over the years been tested here, and fishermen and net manufacturers have learned to optimize the use of their gear. Also most new developments and selectivity devises have had a round in the flume tank before they went to sea, for the final tests.

The flume tank has been upgraded continuously and stands today as a very versatile test facility. A recent installation of a modern 3D measuring video rig completes the setup, ideal for projects where an accurate real time measurement of the dynamics of a trawl or trawldoor or any other sub-sea structures are needed.

Net manufacturers and fishing companies from all over the world knows the flume tank and the value of the services. But the expertise housed also encompass services for other branches of marine industries: test of fish cages for marine aquaculture, test of sub-sea templates and pipelines for the off-shore oil and gas industries, test of ROV's for inspection and surveillance etc

SINTEF Ocean, North Sea Science Park, Willemoesvej 2, DK-9850 Hirtshals, Denmark, Tel. +45 9894 4300,,