Scottish Sea Farms makes major investment in barge and mooring system

Published on
April 11, 2016

Salmon farming company Scottish Sea Farms has invested in a barge and mooring system to support its operations in the Orkney Islands.

On 11 April, the firm signed a contract to purchase a SeaMate 150T feed barge and mooring system from Inverness-based Gael Force Group for GBP 1 million (USD 1.42 million, EUR 1.25 million).

The barge will service Scottish Sea Farms’ new Westerbister facility, which received approval in January. The purchase is just one part of the company’s reinvestment plan in its operations throughout Scotland.

“Gael Force is delighted to receive these orders from Scottish Sea Farms. We employ around 150 people across our operations and aquaculture is by far the largest and most important part of our business,” said Gael Force group managing director Stewart Graham. “This order helps sustain 30 jobs in our barge building yard and is another example of just how important it is for the Scottish Highland economy to have a growing aquaculture sector which supports five or six jobs in the supply chain for every job directly employed in the fish growing sector of the industry.”

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