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Latest SeaMate Feed Barge embarks on four day journey to new Marine Harvest site


Gael Force Marine of Inverness deliver a Sea-Mate 400T Feed Barge to Marine Harvest Scotland’s Isle of Muck site. The barge was under tow on a four day journey covering almost 300 nautical miles to the west coast and the Island of Muck. 

With a 400 tonne capacity, the largest and most sophisticated feed barge Gael Force has produced to date embarked on a four day journey under tow from Inverness to Isle of Muck last week.  The SeaMate 400T was designed especially for Marine Harvest Scotland (MHS) and their new salmon farm on Muck - one of a number of open sea farms that are being developed as part of Marine Harvest Scotland’s expansion to meet increasing demand for farmed salmon.

Jamie Young, sales director of Gael Force Marine said, “We are delighted to have worked with MHS to provide the correct product needed for the installation.” Adding, “this is a significant investment by Marine Harvest Scotland, which they have committed to a Highland based business. We are very pleased to confirm that we have secured a second build of the same design for delivery in early 2015.”barge-black-isle.jpg

Technical Specification

The new 400 Ton barge is a first for Marine harvest and a brand new design for Gael Force. The barge was in design and build for six months, producing a real flag ship unit for the industry. The barge has a dry weight of 930 ton and took 4 days to tow round to the west coast where it is to be utilised on the new site at the isle of muck.

Design focused on full flexibility and ability for future upgrade and development. Installed with a six line AKVA CSS90mm feed system complete with air monitors, the barge has the ability to draw feed from two silos to any 1 feed line, allowing more opportunity on feeding regimes. Using AKVA latest software and camera systems this Sea-Mate will be able to feed fish in an extremely efficient manner.

From the elevated wheel house the site staff will be able to get a panoramic view of the site, and maintain constant view of the stock. From this elevated position the operator can view all plant rooms through the barge on its own internal CCTV system giving nine views as well as an additional ‘Pan and Tilt’ camera located on the roof to monitor the silo fill points.

The silos themselves are fitted with a remote operating hatch, controlled through a remote the silo can be opened from the feed boat reducing the need for staff to be on site when feed deliveries happen.

Accommodation space is well equipped for the staff to have comfortable down time, with a fully fitted kitchen and dining facilities as well as a lounge area where they have a large screen to continue monitoring the feed system and cameras or indeed use as a display for staff presentations. The drying facilities will let the staff remove all foul weather gear before entering the accommodation and adjacent to this they have a room specifically design to act as a vet room.

The barge design has included an ensiler with the capacity to ensile 2000 litre morts with a further holding tank with 10,000 litre capacity. Mounted at the bow below deck are two large air compressors for mort retrieval and aeration.

The whole barge is powered by two generators, one 250KvA and a second auxiliary unit of 110Kva.

Below: Timelapse footage from the earlier stages of the build.

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