One of the interesting projects undertaken by Marketex Marine is a feed barge built to operate offshore. Therefore, it is equipped with a roll and pitch control system and with specialized V-shape hull. The increased classification will allow it to with-stand exposed weather and rough conditions at sea.
The fish farming barge is 64.8 meters long, 12 meters wide and has a silo capacity of 800 metric tons. It is also equipped with a unique hybrid feeding system. The feed can enter the cages directly under water, this technology is called waterborne feeding and is more environmentally friendly with extremely low energy consumption compared to air transport of the feed. Tests carried out during the development of the feeding system with waterborne transport of the feed showed an energy reduction of as much as 70-90 per cent compared with air transport. In addition, the barge retains the option of surface fish feeding – the customer will be able to select which system to use at the moment for more efficient feeding.
To ensure the comfort and safety of the operating personnel of 4-6 people, an automatic system is provided for collecting dead fish from the fish cages and transporting it to the barge, in order not to go on the deck in stormy weather.
The fish farming barge was built for a Norwegian company AKVA group. The end customer of the barge is Norway Royal Salmon, a Norwegian company specializing in offshore aquaculture technology.