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Scottish Salmon Company launches feed fleet flagship

The Scottish Salmon Company's state-of-the-art barge, pictured nearing completion in Inverness. Photo: FFE.
The Scottish Salmon Company's state-of-the-art barge, pictured nearing completion in Inverness. Photo: FFE.

The Scottish Salmon Company has launched a new 400-tonne capacity SeaMate feed barge/office at Portree, Skye, following a 2,000-tonne increase in biomass allowance earlier this year.

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The 14-metre barge, designed to the highest safety standards, was built by Gael Force Group in Inverness and is fitted with an eight-line version of the firm’s SeaFeed feeding system.

It is the first time SSC has adopted a SeaFeed system for one of its barges. 

Craig Anderson, left, and Stewart Graham shaking hands on a previous deal. Click on photo to enlarge.
Craig Anderson, left, and Stewart Graham shaking hands on a previous deal. Click on photo to enlarge.

SSC said the barge represents a significant investment in the company’s operational infrastructure in the area, and has seen the creation of three new jobs, with more to be added in 2019.

‘Investing in innovation’

Chief executive Craig Anderson said: “SSC is committed to investing in innovation to support responsible business growth and are working on a number of innovative projects with Gael Force Group. We have a pipeline of site development building on our commitment to responsible growth.”

Stewart Graham, founder and managing director of Gael Force Group, said: “The design and build of one of our most advanced feed barges along with an eight-line SeaFeed feeding system for SSC is yet another example of our commitment to innovate in this sector. 

“The build epitomised the type of collaborative approach we like to take with our customers, and by doing this we ensured we addressed all SSC’s needs from the outset which will enable them to safely and sustainably grow their fish.”

The barge is now in place at SSC's site at Portree, Skye. Photo: SSC.
The barge is now in place at SSC's site at Portree, Skye. Photo: SSC.
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