Fly­ing the flag for Scot­land

Show set to be a ‘game changer’ for Gael Force Group

Fish Farmer - - Aqua Nor 2019– Preview -

SCOT­TISH aqua­cul­ture sup­plier Gael Force is hop­ing Aqua Nor 2019 will be a game changer for the group. ‘We want the global aqua­cul­ture sec­tor to see Gael Force for what we truly are – a trusted, cred­i­ble and al­ter­na­tive sup­ply part­ner to com­pet­ing Nor­we­gian sup­pli­ers,’ said mar­ket­ing man­ager Marc Wil­son, as the In­ver­ness based com­pany was mak­ing its fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the ex­hi­bi­tion. Gael Force will be fly­ing the flag for Scot­land, with a greatly in­creased pres­ence com­pared to the firm’s ap­pear­ance in 2017. And it will host a visit to the stand from Scot­land’s Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for the Ru­ral Econ­omy, Fergus Ewing. ‘Two years ago, we had a very small foot­print at Aqua Nor – 12 square me­tres,’ said Wil­son. ‘It was our first time in over decade that we had ex­hib­ited at Aqua Nor and, with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight, we re­alised that the stand space we took then was not be­fit­ting of the es­tab­lished prod­uct and ser­vice range we of­fer. ‘This time round, we feel we have got it right. We will be highly vis­i­ble in Hall D, which has been tra­di­tion­ally known as the main hall in the Trond­heim Spek­trum in pre­vi­ous years,

along­side other well-known sup­pli­ers.

‘We will have a foot­print of 84 square me­tres, with an up­per deck for meet­ings and hos­pi­tal­ity. It’s a game changer for us.’

SeaQurePen At Aqua Nor 2017, Gael Force launched its SeaFeed Off­shore Feed Sys­tem, which has gone from strength to strength since then, and is vis­i­ble across fish farms in Scot­land. This year it is the turn of SeaQurePen 500 which, said Wil­son, is an in­no­va­tive and evo­lu­tion­ary plas­tic fish pen, packed with a range of ex­cit­ing fea­tures. SeaQurePen re­duces pen fur­ni­ture and re­lated main­te­nance and in­creases re­li­a­bil­ity, which will lower farm­ing costs for pro­duc­ers. Its main fea­tures in­clude: • An all plas­tic base unit which is re­silient against im­pact, flex­i­ble in big waves and has a very long life­span due to no cor­ro­sion; • An in­no­va­tively de­signed Hinged Ser­vice Deck which of­fers farm op­er­a­tives safe and easy ac­cess to sub-sur­face util­i­ties and con­nec­tions, less­en­ing the risk of hav­ing to make dif­fi­cult ma­noeu­vres around the plat­form; • Ser­vice Dis­tri­bu­tion, which pro­vides in­te­grated, se­cure, haz­ard free dis­tri­bu­tion of power, air and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems around the pen via

“We want the global aqua­cul­ture sec­tor to see us as an al­ter­na­tive to com­pet­ing Nor­we­gian sup­pli­ers”

duct­ing points be­low the deck;

• SeaQureLif­t Marine Winch Sys­tem, which has been de­signed for many years of re­li­able ser­vice in the rugged marine en­vi­ron­ment; and

• Re­cessed, in­te­grated con­nec­tion point for moor­ings/sinker tubes, which en­sures the walk­way is clear and safe for per­son­nel.

SeaQurePen will be ‘in the flesh’ on Gael Force’s stand af­ter the team at the com­pany’s Oban base spent many hours en­sur­ing that a sec­tion was pre­pared be­fore be­ing dis­patched late in July.

‘The team at Gael Force Fu­sion worked im­mensely hard to en­sure that SeaQurePen was put to­gether pro­fes­sion­ally and read­ied for Aqua Nor,’ said Wil­son.

‘I may be bi­ased but, from what I have hon­estly seen and heard from some early feed­back, it re­ally is the best fish pen de­sign out on the mar­ket.

‘The team have done their very best to make sure that visi­tors to our stand can get a real sense of that and can see all the fea­tures we are so proud to be talk­ing about to our cus­tomers.’

In fact, Gael Force’s cus­tomers have played a huge part in the de­sign of SeaQurePen, col­lab­o­rat­ing over months - years even.

Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions and farm­ing con­di­tions were con­sid­ered, which helped Gael Force pro­duce this fully in­te­grated sys­tem for high en­ergy en­vi­ron­ments.

In ad­di­tion to the launch of SeaQure Pen, visi­tors to the stand can view the com­pany’s range of tech­nol­ogy and soft­ware prod­ucts. Th­ese in­clude the SeaFeed Pel­let De­tec­tion soft­ware, which has full sys­tem in­te­gra­tion ca­pa­bil­ity with the SeaFeed Feed Sys­tem to pro­vide au­to­matic con­trol of feed­ing.

‘The user can set con­fig­urable pa­ram­e­ters and then the level of pel­lets de­tected dur­ing feed­ing will help de­ter­mine fu­ture feed plans,’ ex­plained Wil­son.

‘There is also the added ben­e­fit of hav­ing ad­di­tional re­port­ing, which is de­rived from sys­tem data in or­der to as­sist in fu­ture feed plans.

‘Au­to­mated feed­ing is some­thing that we have been very keen to de­velop and our Pel­let De­tec­tion soft­ware does just that.’

Gael Force’s steel and con­crete feed barge range will also be de­mon

strated at Aqua Nor, via the medium of an in­ter­ac­tive touch­screen, giv­ing the user an in­sight into the in­ter­nal parts of the barge.

‘Hav­ing a feed barge on our stand is some­thing that was clearly not pos­si­ble, but we wanted to give peo­ple the abil­ity to in­ter­ac­tively ex­plore the range,’ said Wil­son.

‘So we have had a touch­screen pre­sen­ta­tion de­vel­oped for us that visi­tors them­selves will be able to get to grips with.

‘It’s a very ex­cit­ing piece of soft­ware and we’re look­ing for­ward to shar­ing it.’

Re­cep­tion

On the open­ing day of the show, Tues­day, Au­gust 20, at 3pm, Gael Force will wel­come Scot­land’s Ru­ral Econ­omy min­is­ter, Fergus Ewing, to the stand for a re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial launch of SeaQurePen.

All visi­tors to Aqua Nor are in­vited to at­tend the re­cep­tion and en­joy some Scot­tish hos­pi­tal­ity, while hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to hear from the min­is­ter.

And, con­tin­u­ing the theme of launches, Gael Force will be un­veil­ing a 92-page full colour cat­a­logue show­cas­ing its range of equip­ment, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices.

‘The cat­a­logue is some­thing we have been keen to de­velop for years now,’ said Wil­son, adding that it ‘made per­fect sense’ to bring to­gether news of the com­pany’s turnkey in­stal­la­tions for farm sites and its es­tab­lished range in one pub­li­ca­tion.

Gael Force Group’s new cat­a­logue will be avail­able at its stand, D-335.

Above: Gael Force will launch its SeaQurePen 500 at Aqua Nor

Left: SeaQurePen 500

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