Iceland company orders new super trawler

THE ICELANDIC  fishing company HB Grandi is continuing its impressive fleet renewal programme with another major new order.

It has just signed a deal with the Astilleros Armon yard at Gijon in Spain for a new 81.30 metre, 17 metre beam factory freezer trawler. The contract price is €44,327,000 equivalent to ISK 4.9 billion. The new trawler is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2019, and it is expected to be among the largest and most sophisticated filleting factory trawlers operating on the North Atlantic.

HB Grandi CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson signed the contract on the company’s behalf, alongside representatives of the yard based in the north-west of Spain. Construction is expected to start  in mid-September, so the new trawler will take two years to build.

According to HB Grandi project manager Rafn Haraldsson, the new trawler will be 5,000 gross tons, designed by Rolls-Royce which also owns Hydraulic Brattvaag.

The design focuses on energy efficiency for both fishing and steaming and has a 4m diameter propeller. The main engine will be a 5400kW Bergen Diesel. The ship will have a sophisticated Rolls-Royce electric winch system.

The high-capacity filleting and freezing factory is designed to have a production capacity of 100 tonnes per day. There will also be a fishmeal plant on board to process off-cuts from fillet production and this will have a 50 tonne per day capacity. The fishroom capacity will be for 1000 tonnes of frozen products, sorted onto pallets.

Meanwhile, HB Grandi has sold  its  wetfish trawler Ásbjörn to an Iranian fishing company has been reached and the vessel has already been handed over. The sale price is (US) $450,000, equivalent to ISK45 million, and the payment was  complete before the handover.

HB Grandi’s Chief Financial Officer Jónas Guðbjörnsson said  the Iranian buyer intends to use Ásbjörn for demersal trawling with catches frozen on board.

Ásbjörn has served HB Grandi and its predecessors well. The 620 gross ton  trawler was built at Flekkefjord in Norway in 1978, making it 40 years old next year. It is replaced by the new Engey which was delivered earlier in the year. During here time with HB Grandi the Ásbjörn hasd landed around 230,000 tons of fish with a value of ISK 40 billion at today’s prices.

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