First Barge to Be Delivered Spring 2018
The concrete barges are developed, designed and to be built at Husøy, Norway. Dokk Husøy has a wide experience with barge construction. Bremnes Seashore is the first customer out. The barge is delivered with a 600 ton feed capacity, eight silos and an eight-line central feeding system with FeedStation software. The barge is also prepared for 12 feeding lines, and is delivered with the Steinsvik silage system, and Barge Control which provides an overview and control of the hatches, generators, power, tanks and pumps. The barge measures 40 x 20 meters and will be located at Jørstadskjæret in Ryfylke.
Network of Barges
“We have started the construction of our first concrete barge”, Truls Opsøen, Project Manager at Steinsvik, tells about the new barge. “Our concrete barges will be a nice addition to our current portfolio of steel barges, and fits well with our plans and our view on the industry development. Increased focus on remote operations will produce different needs for barges, depending on whether the location is a center for other locations or just for feeding on-site. Concrete barges will be more capable of working as centers in a network of other barges that can be controlled remotely from land or from a center barge. All our barges are built with remote operations in mind. The server room and network structure are pre-installed when the barge arrives at the facility. The customer may choose to equip the barge with complete systems for control and monitoring of the feeding system, generators, status on tanks, hatches and trimming system. Even monitoring of doors, including an indoor camera system, so that the operator may have a full overview without being physically present.”
From the left: From the left, Heine Varde Project Manager Husøy Dokk, Truls Opsøen Project Manager Steinsvik, Ernst Olav Helgesen Technical Manager Sjø Bremnes Seashore.
Future-oriented and flexible
“We were on the look for a large concrete barge with lots of storage room, to be used as a hub for other facilities in the same area,” says Ernst Olav Helgesen, Technical Manager of Sea at Bremnes Seashore. “We wanted a big and flexible barge which is future-oriented towards the needs of Bremnes Seashore, and this barge met our criteria. Large feed capacity, flexible, good facilities, and of course, a safe and secure place to work. We also appreciate that the barge is being built locally with local entrepreneurs as suppliers.”