Huge auto-feed pontoon towed from Inverness to Norway –

Huge auto-feed pontoon towed from Inverness to Norway Published:  03 August, 2007

AN enormous 400 ton auto-feed pontoon is currently being towed from Inverness in Scotland to Aqua Nor in Trondheim. The pontoon will be moored in Skansen harbour during the Aqua Nor trade show, which takes place from August 14-17.

“We expect to arrive in Trondheim a few days before the opening of the Aqua Nor show, and if we’re lucky, we won’t have to tow the pontoon all the way back to Scotland. Our intention is to sell it while we’re there,” says an optimistic managing director, Stewart Graham of Gael Force Marine on the phone in Inverness.

The international aquaculture development clearly indicates larger facilities and companies. “This trend also impacts suppliers. We aim to build several of these pontoons, which function as a working platform for technicians working on extensive sites,” Mr Graham says.

In 1984, he won the first entrepreneur award in Great Britain; the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur award for developing a new type of lobster pot. The lobster pots are still an important source of income for Gael Force Marine. Approximately 1,500 pots are produced every week and shipped to customers around the world.

The company’s aquaculture department currently employs 25 people. Mr Graham expects the staff to grow to 40 people by the end of the year. Their order books are already full, and this year the company will be building five circular concrete auto-feed pontoons and two square ones, all with a storage capacity of 200 tonnes of fish feed. The Sea-Cap comes with offices and recreation rooms and a fully automated feeding system.

The Aqua Nor exhibition at Skansen harbour includes various kinds of pontoons, special purpose vessels and sea/land based equipment. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.