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MANAGERS of a number of local companies are travelling to Aviemore next week to showcase bespoke services they offer to the aquaculture industry.

The Aquaculture UK exhibition from 3 to 5 May brings together more than 200 companies from Scotland, the UK and further afield.

One highlight of the event will be the announcement of the winners of this year’s aquaculture awards on 4 May.

Civil engineering company Ocean Kinetics said it will be presenting examples of innovative developments for the industry, including the installation of a thermolicer treatment system and also a clean energy system to electrify fish farm barges using renewable energy.

The company, established in 1992 by managing director John Henderson as a specialist engineering and fabrication company for the aquaculture and fishing sector, sees the exhibition as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate how it can solve a whole range of technological issues.

Henderson said: “While many other marine engineers will provide a manufacturing service, we look at the challenges first and then design and manufacture effective, practical solutions that are bespoke to an individual customer’s needs.

“The installation of the innovative thermolicer treatment system on Mull-based Inverlussa Marine Services new multi-purpose vessel, the Kallista Helen is a perfect example.

“We worked with ScaleAQ on the design and manufacture of key elements of the thermolicer, and the result has proved to be extremely efficient and highly effective.”

Henderson added: “We are also working on a collaborative initiative to develop a clean energy system specifically for the industry.

“Through the project, we aim to electrify fish farm barges using renewable energy, cutting the use of diesel generators, reducing operating costs, and lowering carbon emissions.”

Meanwhile, freight haulier Northwards – which has bases in Shetland, Orkney, Aberdeen, Inverness, Scrabster, and central Scotland – is keen to demonstrate how the company is “continuing to open up Scotland-to-Scandinavia transportation for the aquaculture sector”.

The company will be showcasing its “fast-developing logistics” by supporting their aquaculture sector clients with fast, efficient transport of goods and equipment between Scotland and Norway, as well as the rest of the UK, Europe, and beyond.

The company’s access to the vessels and European terminals of parent company, SeaCargo AS, is making transportation of goods and equipment between Scandinavia and Scotland simple and straightforward, the company’s commercial director Neil Leslie said.

“Aquaculture is a sector that is very important to us. We have long-standing relationships with clients in the industry and understand their very specific requirements,” he added.

“As well as fresh product, we transport goods, equipment, and significant volumes of salmon feed, and we carry aquaculture waste via tanker away from the islands for safe disposal.

“The introduction of Insuliner trailers has made it possible to transport fresh fish south in state-of-the-art chilled trailers, then bring fish feed north to Aberdeen on the return journey. This is both sustainable and highly efficient for us and our customer.”