Culnacnoc farm manager Roddy Campbell comments on the new barge
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Designed to withstand even the harshest Scottish weather, the 350T SeaMate barge by Gael Force Group is the latest addition to the brand new infrastructure at Organic Sea Harvest’s Culnacnoc site.
“The barge is going to be so important to us in relation to feeding and monitoring our stock and being able to see fish activity”
said Culnacnoc farm manager Roddy Campbell.
Built to BS8007 standards, the barge has state of the art SeaFeed technology onboard including remote monitoring systems and fish feeding software.
“Without it, target feeding could be challenging to achieve given the site’s location, especially as we are into the winter months now” Roddy added. “The barge also has its own laboratory fitted for health checking the stock and its own air compressor should we ever need to supply pens with extra oxygen through the summer months.”
The barge has been finished to a very high standard, including internal staff accommodation, which Roddy describes as “immaculate”.
“We have introduced 7 new members of staff to the company since the barge arrived. Although some are new to the industry, they are overwhelmed by the technology the barge can provide us with. Not to mention a very warm tea-room to come into for lunch on a cold wintery day!”
With an exclusive £4million supply deal signed in 2019, Gael Force Group have also installed SeaQure mooring girds to both the Culnacnoc and Invertote sites along with SeaQure pens. The two companies have been working closely together for a number of years to design and create the robust infrastructure that is now installed at both sites, with the delivery of the barge marking another milestone in the successful collaboration between the two local companies.