Big­gest ever barge deal for Arc­tic chal­lenge

Fish Farmer - - News European -

AKVA group is to de­liver an AC 600 PVDB feed barge to Arc­tic Off­shore Farm­ing, the largest deal ever for a sin­gle feed barge.

Arc­tic Off­shore Farm­ing, part of Nor­way Royal Salmon, in­tends to use the barge in ex­posed lo­ca­tions and rough con­di­tions north of the Po­lar Cir­cle, af­ter se­cur­ing eight de­vel­op­ment li­cences last year from Nor­way’s Di­rec­torate of Fish­eries.

The barge is de­signed to op­er­ate two large sub­mersible pens and is equipped with both flex­i­ble feed­ing and wa­ter­borne feed­ing sys­tems.

It mea­sures 64x13m with 800 tonnes of stor­age ca­pac­ity and is cer­ti­fied for sig­nif­i­cant wave heights of 7.5m.

It has space for a Po­lar­cirkel 1050 work­boat in the stern, and is made with a slip to lift ves­sels on board to pro­tect them from rough wa­ter.

‘This is a new step for­ward for the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try,’ said Klaus Hatle­brekke, COO of Nor­way Royal Salmon.

‘AKVA Group con­trib­utes to set­ting a new in­dus­try stan­dard for off­shore farm­ing with unique so­lu­tions, com­bined with a fo­cus on fish wel­fare and safe work con­di­tions. The deal is a door opener for other de­liv­er­ies in the project,’ said Hatle­brekke.

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