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Fusion Marine Wins Major Orders

SCOTLAND, UK - Aquaculture equipment manufacturer Fusion Marine has won orders worth 2.4m to supply salmon pens and associated equipment from three Scottish fish farming companies.

The orders will help secure jobs at Fusion Marine’s Argyll base and signals the general move by Scottish fish farming companies to source their aquaculture equipment from Scotland whenever possible.

The first order is for Lighthouse Caledonia and comprises 16 Oceanflex 90m salmon pens for their Vuia Beag site in West Loch Roag, Lewis. A further 34 pens with a circumference of between 80 and100m have been ordered for the Lighthouse site at Ardcastle in lower Loch Fyne.

Brian Floyd, production manager at Lighthouse Caledonia, said: “We have worked with Fusion Marine for many years and are delighted with the quality and service it provides. It is important for us, as a Scottish company, to support Scottish suppliers.”

The second order is for Lakeland Marine and involves 14 Triton salmon pens, split over two deliveries in the spring and late summer of 2010. The extra-strong 100m circumference pens are destined for Lakeland’s new exposed fish farming site in the Kilbrannan Sound near Carradale in Kintyre. As well as the pens, the order includes bird net supports and sinker tubes for the nets.

According to Colin Blair of Lakeland Marine, the company selected Fusion Marine Triton pens based on their positive experience using the company’s Oceanflex pens over many years.

“These pens from Fusion Marine have provided a safe working platform for our staff whilst providing high standards of stock security, the all plastic construction has ensured low repair and maintenance costs over many years with minimal deterioration in pen quality,” he said.

“High levels of service and a proven track record of delivering on time were also important factors in our decision. We believe the Triton pens will allow us to farm in more exposed locations whilst maintaining or even surpassing all the qualities of the Oceanflex pen.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Sea Farms has given the go-ahead for Fusion Marine to refurbish 30 of its pens at a site near Scalloway, Shetland. The steel upright pens will be fully fitted out to the all-plastic Oceanflex standard.

Iain Forbes of Fusion Marine said: “We are delighted to have won these orders, which reinforces the strong relationships that we have forged with our customers. The development and modernisation of these fish farm sites will benefit the rural economy of the West of Scotland and also marks the first important steps in advancing open sea salmon farming, which is vital for the future of the industry.”

the Fish Site Editor

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