INVERNESS engineering firm Gael Force Group is to create 20 new jobs after being commissioned to build a feed barge for a fish farm.

Delivery of the 14 metre feed barge is expected at the Portree site of the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) later this year.

The feeding barge has innovative SeaFeed technology, including an eight line feeding system and barge design offering the highest safety standards.

Craig Anderson, chief executive of the SSC, said: “This commission reflects our commitment to investing in innovation to improve our operational efficiency and support business growth.”

SSC is a leading producer of Scottish salmon, employing 500 people across 60 sites on the West Coast Scotland and the Hebrides.