Underwater camera specialist delivers devices “just in time” to SalMar

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For the past few days, Imenco has been sending out the last deliveries of a hectic order for a total of 33 camera systems to SalMar.

In a press release, Imenco writes abpout the very hectic summer that it had in connection with an agreement with the salmon farmer.

Overview camera with a view. PHOTO: Imenco

“The project was won in June with delivery at the end of July. In order to meet the due date, both the department in Grinde, Tysvær (Western Norway .ed) and parts of the department in Wick in Scotland, have been running at full speed throughout the summer,” the company wrote.

Time pressure
According to Imenco, the system consists of a Gemini underwater device, which has a camera looking upwards and one looking downwards. These cameras can be controlled from the fleet or elsewhere and can see where the salmon farmer wants to see. Thus, the entire cage is covered with “eyes” underwater. The images are sent wirelessly or via cable from the cage edge to the fleet.

In addition to underwater cameras, surface cameras are also provided for monitoring the cage exterior and camera on the fleet to monitor the entire facility as well as computers and monitors for the operation of all systems.

To position the camera in the cage out-in/up-down, a winch with two drums is also supplied.

Project manager Assel Ryspayeva said the project has been challenging with the short delivery time agreed with SalMar, and in particular, she highlighted the engines of the winches that were neither in stock in Europe nor elsewhere.

“We had to persuade our Chinese supplier to run a special order for us. With good relations with the supplier, help from our Chinese department and priority on aircraft shipment we just got it. We couldn’t get any closer to “just in time”. Most Gemini cameras we have produced in Scotland, and despite strict coronavirus regulations over there, the team has managed the delivery by a good margin,” Ryspayeva said.

Installation and connection. PHOTO: Imenco

Largest contract
The camera systems are installed at Smøla and Harstad, Western Norway.

CEO Geir Egil Østebøvik says the contract is the largest salmon farming contract has ever had.

“It shows that continuous focus on system and product development results. In recent years Imenco has built up development expertise and capacity by hiring well-qualified personnel, including PhD and master’s degree programme, as well as cooperation both nationally and internationally,” said Østebøvik.

“The activity in aquaculture is now of such a nature that it is beginning to contribute to the company’s future growth, which is partly shown again in the figures for 2019, where turnover in the company increased by 65 per-cent.