Project Description


An open water sanctuary for two beluga whales is to be opened in Iceland in march 2019 – this project is the first of its kind. Conservation charity Sea Life Trust has spent six years developing a plan to bring the 12 year-old belugas, nicknamed “Little White” and “Little Grey”, from captivity in China to an open water refuge. The project is a collaboration between Vestmannaeyjarbær town and Merlin, a company which specializes in running amusement parks. The group working on it consists of marine biologists, whale experts, agents from the local tourism industry and other experts. Merlin recently bought Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China, where the beluga whales were kept. In accordance with the company’s animal welfare policy they won’t keep them. It’s against their policy that whales and dolphins are taken from the wild and used for show. We are extremely proud to take part of this project, says Michael Sigvardssons CEO, SF Marina. We feel that this project is validating our vision with sustainable access to the sea and it shows the width of applications where our environmentally friendly pontoons can be used. Last year, Klettsvik Bay in Iceland’s Westman islands, was chosen as the site for a 32,000 square-metre sea pen that will become home to the whales.

We have already built several projects in this region says Kristjan Óli Hjaltason (Kroli) representative for SF Marina in Iceland. This project is using our knowledge and experience in the best way and there is a different sense of satisfaction knowing that we are creating the best possible circumstances.

  • Open water refuge for beluga whales

  • 32,000 square-metre sea pen

  • Environmentally friendly pontoons