The barge has capacity for 1,000 tonnes of feed, runs off shore power, and is remotely operated.

GroAqua delivers 1,000-tonne feed barge to Mowi Faroes 

Vessel is designed for efficiency and sustainability and was completed in 11 months


Fish farming supplier GroAqua has delivered a feed barge with a silo capacity of 1,000 tonnes to salmon farmer Mowi Faroes, which will use it at one of its high energy sites.

With 16 feeding lines, the 39 metre-long, 13m-wide barge is intended to optimise feeding by having one feed line per pen so it can feed the whole farming site simultaneously.

Set up for remote operations in Oyndafjørður, the feed barge can withstand a significant wave height HS 5.5.

Tight time frame

“We have been working closely with Mowi since the beginning of the project 11 months ago,” said GroAqua barge project manager Ólavur Thomsen. “Close cooperation with the customer is key to a successful delivery such as this one, and our goal is always to deliver our projects on time. Even though the time frame for designing and building this project was tight, we delivered the barge on time according to the contract.”

In this project, Mowi underlined the importance of minimising environmental impact. The barge will run on power from shore, and the equipment onboard is designed to reduce noise pollution to leave the nearby surroundings as undisturbed as possible.

The barge was built in Poland by the barge building division of Faroes-headquartered GroAqua, which has branches in Norway, Scotland, Poland, and Denmark.

The barge has 16 feed lines, which means it can supply every pen at the same time.
Steffan Gaard, site manager in Oyndafjørður, and GroAqua barge project manager Ólavur Thomsen, right, shake hands.