Biggest ever barge deal for Arctic challenge
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.