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Large Feeding Barge for Bakkafrost

Large feeding barge for BakkafrostJT electric has delivered a large feeding barge to Bakkafrost with remotely operated feeding system. The feeding barge will be located at a highly exposed area in the southern island Suðuroy, in the Faroe Islands.

The “ship design” barge is converted from a 75m long bulk carrier and has a storage capacity of 800 tonnes feed. The barge is fitted with the modern 8 Line Feeding System developed by JT electric.

“It is essential to have a good and stable feeding system onboard the barge because it will be unmanned and some days inaccessible due of rough weather, says Suni Justinussen, CEO of JT electric. The feeding system has been developed in close relationship with the fish farmers over the past four years and it has proven to be a good reliable system” says Suni.

Oddvald Olsen and Suni Justinussen

Oddvald Olsen, Farming manager at Bakkafrost is pictured here with Suni Justinussen of JT Electric

This is the second 800 tonnes barge of this kind that JT electric has delivered to Bakkafrost in 2018.

Extreme conditions are a key factor when choosing a “ship design” barge. Many of the sites in the Faroe Islands are exposed to high waves and bad weather conditions, and this, coupled with the demand for dependable yet innovative feeding is the reason why the fish farmers choose the “ship design” barges.

The advantages with this concept are that they are more rigid than standard barges, have large storage capacity, good stability and have over the years proven to be a good working environment for the fish farmers.

“We are proud to have delivered 8 large “ship design” barges since 2013, and we continue to develop and improve on this concept for the industry” says Suni Justinussen.

JT electric is a full service supplier of technical equipment to the aquaculture industry and has been in operation since 1972. By the end of 2018, the company will have fish farming feeding systems in operation in the Faroe Islands, UK and in Norway. The company delivers feeding barged in ship design and also standard barges.