Top performance on maiden voyage

ICELAND’S newest trawler, the RE Engey, has completed her first trip – with excellent results.

Built by HB Grandi, which is gradually renewing its fleet, the Engey docked in Reykjavik with 140 tonnes in the fishroom.

According to skipper Friðleifur Einarsson, in an interview at the company’s website, everything went well and the ship’s performance exceeded expectations.

He said: ‘We sailed from Reykjavík last Thursday and had five days fishing. We started on our home fishing grounds, the Mountains, and had two days on redfish.

‘From there we shifted north to the Westfjords grounds and did well on cod both on the Hali grounds and in the Thverál Gully.

‘There was a slight showing of saithe in the catch, but nothing special,’ Einarsson said, adding that in addition to the crew, five technicians from Skaginn 3X joined them for the trip.

‘Altogether, everything worked as it was supposed to. There were a few minor hitches, but those were quickly fixed,’ said Skipper Einarsson.

‘The automated fishroom system, which is a real innovation, worked perfectly and the catch handling facilities on the main deck could hardly be better.

‘On the other hand, it’ll take time to master all of the ship’s computer systems and to get everything 100 per cent right. But that’s something we’ll get used to.’

The Engey is more economical to run than HB Grandi’s older trawlers and Friðleifur Einarsson said that they can bunker every second trip instead of having to refuel every trip, as he was used to with his previous trawler, Ásbjörn.

Meanwhile, another HB Grandi trawler, the Viðey, nearing the end of construction in Turkey, is due to have her engines started up and tested.

Thórarinn Sigurbjörnsson, HB Grandi’s marine superintendent, said she should be back in her Iceland base by Christmas.

The Viðey, along with the Engey and Akurey, is one of three new wet fish trawlers ordered by the company.

Picture: The RE Engey

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