Bakkafrost barge built for ex­posed sites

Fish Farmer - - News European -

FAROESE salmon farmer Bakkafrost took de­liv­ery last month of an 800-tonne ca­pac­ity feed barge de­signed for ex­posed farm sites.

Con­verted from a 75m bulk car­rier, the barge is fit­ted with a re­motely op­er­ated eight­line feed­ing sys­tem.

Faroes com­pany JT elec­tric sup­plied the barge and cre­ated the feed­ing sys­tem in con­sul­ta­tion with farm­ers.

This is the sec­ond such barge de­liv­ered by JT elec­tric to Bakkafrost, and it is des­tined for the south­ern is­land of Suðuroy.

‘Many of the sites in the Faroe Is­lands are ex­posed to high waves and bad weather and this, cou­pled with the de­mand for de­pend­able yet in­no­va­tive feed­ing, is the rea­son why the fish farm­ers choose the ship-de­sign barges,’ said JT elec­tric.

‘The ad­van­tages with this con­cept are that they are more rigid than stan­dard barges, have large stor­age ca­pac­ity, good sta­bil­ity and have over the years proven to be a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the fish farm­ers.’

The com­pany has eight large ship-de­sign barges since 2013, ac­cord­ing to JT elec­tric chief ex­ec­u­tive Suni Justi­nussen.

Bakkafrost re­ported mixed re­sults in its third quar­ter, with EBIT (earn­ings be­fore in­ter­est and tax) of 434.2 mil­lion Dan­ish kro­ners (al­most £51 mil­lion), a rise of 182 mil­lion kro­ners (£21 mil­lion) on the same pe­riod last year. But costs were up and vol­umes down, from 11,600 tonnes gut­ted weight 12 months ago to 7,200 tonnes this year.

CEO Re­gin Ja­cob­sen said: ‘The quar­ter has also been af­fected by the el­e­vated mor­tal­ity level at farm­ing site A-81 Kol­banagjógv in Sep­tem­ber (when 750,000 fish died), which re­sulted in higher costs and a neg­a­tive ef­fect on next year’s har­vest vol­umes.’

Bakkafrost is con­struct­ing a new hatch­ery for larger smolt pro­duc­tion in Suðuroy and has new sites in the re­gion.

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