Eidsfjord Sjøfarm acquires AKVA Group’s Rough Weather Feed Barge
AKVA group announces that Eidsfjord Sjøfarm AS has acquired one of their AC600PV feed barges.
With a carefully considered design tailored specifically for the company's roughest locations, the barge comes complete with a flat roof, flexible feeding from the side of the barge, v-bow and a camera system that allows for complete remote control.
The feed barge AC600PV is the seventh feed barge that the company has purchased from AKVA group and will operate at the location Haukøya Øst in Troms, Northern Norway.
This specific barge model was first developed in collaboration with Eidsfjord Sjøfarm, and is adapted to the rough conditions at Haukøya Øst with a flat roof achieved with the removal of the wheelhouse.
Due to the strong forces that are at play at the location, it is possible to feed from both the v-bow as well as from the side for better flexibility. The feed barge is remotely controlled both externally and internally via the on-board camera system.
AKVA group currently boasts a plethora of well-known and widely trusted brand names, with their line of products including a vast array of aquaculture solutions including feed barges, steel and plastic pens, feed systems, nets, net cleaning, underwater lights, feed cameras etc.
Eidsfjord Sjøfarm, an aquaculture company which is currently experiencing a purple patch of its own in terms of growth, continue to keep a close eye on the most recent technological developments in the industry.
In recent years, Eidsfjord Sjøfarm has invested in a number of new feed barges and moved into modern facilities at Sortland, Northern Norway.
Making up the aquaculture company in the Holmøy Group, Eidsfjord Sjøfarm has a total of 35 employees and 16.5 salmon licenses that are distributed across locations in Nordland and Troms in Northern Norway. It also have an administration and growth centre that is located in Sortland, Norway.
Partnering with AKVA group will allow Eidsfjord Sjøfarm to keep its focus trained on fine tuning operations, whilst sharing the technical burden with AKVA Group, who come fully equipped with the right people, technology and knowledge.
"We need feed barges that are stable in rough waters and that have flexible feeding solutions.
'AKVA group has proven to be a reliable supplier for several years, and gave us the first feed barge with v-bow - which is the origin of this latest feed barge - and now the second delivery with the flexible feeding system," says Roger Simonsen, General Manager at Eidsfjord Sjøfarm .
Air feeding lines
The AC600PV feed barge comes ready to launch and fully equipped with a conventional air feeding system and eight feeding lines.
Should Eidsfjord Sjøfarm wish to make the barge more sustainable in the future, it can also accommodate an AKVA Hybrid battery pack. Owing to the fact that this feed barge is remotely controlled, it only has a small control room with a kitchenette. So although it's not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination, what this barge does offer is adequate for the role for which it is designed.
"We are proud to be able to deliver innovative products in close collaboration with our customers. Eidsfjord Sjøfarm had location-specific needs and together we found the right solution. We would like to thank Eidsfjord Sjøfarm for a good collaboration," says Hans-Øyvind Sagen, Sales Director AKVA group Nordic.