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A ScaleAQ 500-tonne SeaFarm feed barge. The barges bought by Mowi will have an additional deck. Photo: ScaleAQ.
A ScaleAQ 500-tonne SeaFarm feed barge. The barges bought by Mowi will have an additional deck. Photo: ScaleAQ.

ScaleAQ, the aquaculture supply and services company formed earlier this year by the merger of Steinsvik and three other companies, has won a contract to deliver five new feed barges to Mowi.

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The 500-tonne capacity barges will be delivered next year and distributed between the regions of Northern, Central, and Southern Norway.

“We are delighted that Mowi has chosen us”, said ScaleAQ sales director Tor Henrik Haavik in a press release.

Integrated functionality

“The fact that Mowi chooses us shows that we are able to fulfill the customer's requirements regardless of the type, technical solution, health and safety requirements and the desired load capacity.”

All barges will come equipped with ScaleAQ’s FeedStation 2.0, a feeding system with integrated functionality for remote feeding without the use of additional software.

"Our well-developed APIs (application programming interfaces) ensure that communication with third-party programs and management systems are both secure and stable," said Haavik.

Control from land

The barges also come equipped with the ‘Barge Control System’ which allows for the monitoring and control of many other systems on board the barge from land.

Mowi has selected a bespoke silage system which comprises GRP tanks, ScaleAQ's internally developed ‘grinder’ and a storage capacity of 86m³.

All barges have recessed selector valves on deck which are shielded from direct weather, functional veterinary rooms, large personal lockers, a workshop, and office facilities.

Minimal maintenance

The Sea Farm 500 that Mowi has selected measures 37 metres by 11.2 metres and is built to minimise maintenance requirements.

“Mowi thus receives a spacious workplace that can be used for many years”, said Haavik.

ScaleAQ was created through the merging of Norwegian companies Steinsvik, Aqualine, and AquaOptima, and more recently Tasmanian software company PanLogica. The company offers fish farming services in more than 40 countries, through 900 employees from 27 offices.

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