Bakkafrost barge built for exposed sites
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.