AQUATEC STRENGTHENS NATIONAL OFFSHORE CULTIVATION WITH SUBMERSIBLE OFFSHORE FLOATING MARINE CAGE
Based on President Jokowi’s appeal a while ago, the vast marine potential of Indonesia must be fully utilized. The president urged the development of offshore cultivation in Indonesia, just like what has been done in European countries.
To support this call made by President Jokowi, Aquatec (PT Gani Arta Dwitunggal) has long prepared offshore cultivation technology in Indonesia. Andi J. Sunadim, the General Manager of Aquatec stated that his company has prepared various offshore floating marine cages that can compete in international market.
Successfully Applied Domestically and Internationally
Recently, Aquatec has successfully installed and trialed 3 units of offshore floating marine cages
in Situbondo region. Two units are offshore marine cage with a diameter of 20 meter and 16 meter, while one unit was a submersible offshore marine cage with a diameter of 16 meter. These marine cages were the result of a collaboration between East Java Province DKP, BPBAP Situbondo, and PT Gani Arta Dwitunggal, signed in November 2017 for the purpose of development in the area of fish cultivation, especially offshore. These offshore marine cages are intentionally installed in the sea with violent waves, in order to not only develop offshore fish cultivation techniques, but also to test the actual strength of a domestically made offshore marine cage. Aquatec offshore marine cage is able to withstand 5-meter high waves, while the Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage can withstand 9-meter high waves.
What is the difference between offshore marine cage and submersible offshore marine cage? Offshore marine cage is a round marine cage, specifically designed to endure offshore waves. Submersible offshore marine cage is also specifically designed to withstand offshore waves, but it can also be submerged into the water when storm hits and refloated after the storm passes, so it can endure even higher waves. Submersible offshore marine cage made by Aquatec is the first in Southeast Asia.
The submersible offshore marine cage trial conducted by Aquatec in Situbondo is the sixth trial. Previously, 5 trials have been conducted; 4 trials in Indonesia and 1 trial in China. The first trial was conducted in BBPBL Lampung in November 2016. The result, submersible offshore marine cage was successfully submerged and refloated within 1-hour time. The second, third, and fourth trials were done with a new model in Tulamben, Bali in January and February 2017. The result, Aquatec submersible offshore marine cages were successfully submerged within 5 minutes and refloated back within 10 minutes.
After the successful trials in Indonesia, the fifth trial was conducted in Hainan, China in June 2017 when Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage was exported for the first time to the bamboo curtain country. Aquatec offshore marine cage has been proven to endure the typhoon storm in August and September with ocean waves reaching 9-meter high. While marine cages made by other manufacturers in Hainan were destroyed, the Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage did not show any sign of damage once refloated. This is because the Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage was protected from the typhoon storm while being submerged. It also proved that the technological quality and advances made by Indonesia is able to compete in international market. It is planned that Chinese investors will buy 80 units of Aquatec submersible offshore marine cages in 2018. The next export to China will be done in April 2018.
Andi described in detail the tecnical advances of Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage. First, Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage is the fastest submersible marine cage in the world in the submersion and refloating processes. The submersion process only takes 5 minutes, while the refloating process only takes 10 minutes. The submersion process can even be done without supervision (the marine cage can be left alone). This is important for quick response when storm hits. The depth of submersion is 10-15 meters below seawater surface.
Aside from avoiding typhoon storm and waves, Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage has other functions. Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage can be used to avoid red tides or plankton booming by submersing the marine cage. The depth of red tide or plankton booming usually does not surpass 2 m. Therefore, the fish are safe inside the marine cage, and the marine cage can be refloated after the red tide or plankton booming ends. Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage can also be used to avoid fish theft by submersing it at night time.
The export of Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage to Hainan China was a recognition from other country for our domestic product. This is due to the high quality of the Aquatec product and its economical price. Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage is made from new HDPE material, and is assembled using the extra butt fusion method which is stronger than the conventional butt fusion, which gives it a lifetime of 30 years minimum.
Wide Open Offshore Fish Cultivation Business Opportunities
Aside from the good quality, Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage is also economically feasible in business calculations, and is even considered the cheapest in the world with a price under USD 100,000. The calculation, Andi described, one unit of Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage with a 25-meter diameter and net depth of 8 meter has water volume of 3,500 m3. With a distribution density for white snappers of 30kg/m3, one unit Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage can harvest 100 tons of white snappers, with a selling price of approximately IDR 6.5 billion. The price of 1 unit Aquatec submersible offshore marine cage with 25m diameter is only about USD 100,000 or equivalent to IDR 1.3 billion. Hence it is really reasonably in business point of view. If a more economic version is needed, Aquatec also provides an offshore marine cage with 25m diameter for 5m high wave, with marine cage frame priced at IDR 248 million. Another option is the standard marine cage with 25m diameter for 3m high wave, with marine cage frame priced at IDR 171 million. Therefore, Andi asked the fish cultivators to together become stakeholders for the advancement of fish cultivation industry in Indonesia.
Budiprawira, the President Director of PT Gani Arta Dwitunggal explained, he was very proud to be able to create submersible offshore floating marine cage and export it to China right away. His hope is that Aquatec submersible offshore floating marine cage will also be widely used in Indonesia, a country with oceans covering 70% of its total domain. Indonesia has vast potential of offshore fish cultivation, and our own domestic product, creation of our nation, is able to maximize it. Budiprawira is certain that his product has higher technology and quality compared to the ones from Europe, with far more economical price.
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