With the world’s longest coastline, big potential for farmed seafood, skilled workforce, and dedication to innovation, Canada is ready to play a leading role in the sector and  move up in the world rankings of farmed seafood production. It’s a massive business, working in multiple marine environments.


So where does PALFINGER fit into this grand Canadian aquaculture scene? We’ve been working with our partner, Pennecon, which has been an authorised Canadian distributer since 2012 and is stocking PALFINGER MARINE cranes in  their Dartmouth, Nova Scotia location. They have supplied more than 70 of our cranes to the country’s fish farming sector.


“The major transformation in the fish farming scene triggered increasing demand for quality, reliability and maintainability on the products used”, says Franz Schnöll, Head of Global Sales and Service, Marine and Wind Cranes. “Our diversified marine crane product range combined with the expertise and track record in the Norwegian  aquaculture industry, gives us the required capabilities to play a leading role overseas, as well. In Canada, the experienced  Pennecon team proves to be the best partner to make an impact and support the local industry players.”


Providing this equipment of course allows those working in the aquaculture business to do their jobs more  efficiently, but it also helps to keep these sometimes remote communities viable. Farmed seafood brings much needed jobs to  coastal, rural communities, and these jobs provide year round opportunities.


PALFINGER and Pennecon have also worked with DNV GL to receive approval for the foldable knuckleboom range of cranes. An exciting move that makes them the only Type Approved cranes in Canada. Eddy Knox, General Manager for Hydraulic Systems at Pennecon told us that the best-selling products are the PK 12000 M, PK 18500 M and PK 23500 M cranes, adding: “These are the most used cranes for the feed barge and utility barge use.” He said other types of cranes are also sold in smaller volumes: “We also sell the PK 50000 M – PK 150002 M larger size cranes in lower volumes. These are used for the larger feed supply vessels and de-liceing vessels for moving larger feed bags into the daily feed barges and for handing the fish pump hoses for the de-liceing vessels.”


Pennecon are aquaculture specialists with wide-ranging capabilities. Their Hydraulic Systems team have been instrumental in providing specialised equipment and services to this important industry. This has expanded over time, and they are now a multi-disciplined company offering a full suite of complementary services, offering great value and quality to their clients.


Pennecon also supplies Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil projects, providing services ranging from mobilisation and discharging cargo to repairs and upgrades of ocean-going vessels and offshore drill rigs. This is all supported by one of the largest warehousing facilities in Atlantic Canada.

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