Estonian company Marketex Marine has launched the biggest fish feeding steel barge ever produced. The barge was manufactured for the Norwegian company AKVA group, and it has a unique storing capacity.
“The barge represents the next generation of steel fish feeding barges. These barges offer greater efficiency through increased storage capacity and a high standard of accommodation for the crew working onboard. It was an exciting project to work with our customers, and the project provided us with interesting challenges due to its size and the tight production schedule”, says Darren Edwards, the Managing Director of Marketex Marine.
Marketex Marine manufactured the 40 metre x 12 metre x 850 metrix ton barge on a turnkey basis for AKVA group and the barge is handed over to the customer on schedule in the beginning of September 2014. “The barge is delivered ready for operation following F.A.T, and function testing of all its systems completed at the yard before it is towed to and put into commission at Grieg Seafood in Norway”, concludes Darren Edwards.
During the past 10 years Estonian specialists have manufactured over 250 barges for the fish farming industry, that have successfully operated in different environments throughout the world. Approximately 100 of these barges were manufactured for AKVA group.
“We have worked together with Marketex Marine for years, developing and manufacturing feed barges for delivery throughout the world. The quality of work performed by Marketex Marine always holds a high standard, and that is something we value in a partner. This specific barge is the largest steel barge ever produced with a feed capacity of 850 tons. It is very encouraging to see that our hard work and focus on development in the barge department enables us to deliver what our customer requests. We are proud that Grieg Seafood shows confidence in our technology and capabilities”, says Per Andrea Hjetland, Chief Operating Officer in AKVA group – Nordic.
Marketex Marine offers large and complex turnkey solutions from steel, stainless steel and aluminum for small ship building, fish farming industry and the renewable energy market. The company is part of BLRT Grupp, one of the largest industrial holdings in the Baltic Sea region.