keyboard_arrow_left See all news

Recent News

18 Nov, 2021 /
Looking into aquaculture’s crystal ball
It’s a big ask to request a prediction of the future, but in the Blue Economy discussi...
17 Nov, 2021 /
Capelin boom
Capelin is booming in Iceland, but marketing and climate change remain challenges.
17 Nov, 2021 /
No such thing as fish waste – everything has a use
Part of IceFish Connect, the Fish Waste for Profit Product Utilisation session brought t...
17 Nov, 2021 /
Grimsby Fish Market
Grimsby Fish Market Launches Buying App
Grimsby Fish Market is embracing digital technologies with the introduction of a new Buy...
16 Nov, 2021 /
Tub manufacturer faces challenges and opportunities
Sæplast has been producing a range of tubs, boxes and other products in Dalvík and was...
07 Aug, 2019
keyboard_arrow_left See all news

Vestmannaey heads new trawler series

The first of a series of seven new trawlers for Icelandic owners, Vestmannaey VE-54, has docked in its home port for the first time, ahead of the remaining six trawlers for four different companies.

Built for Bergur-Huginn by Vard Aukra in Norway, Vestmannaey is expected to be followed shortly by sister vessel Bergey, and then a further five for fishing companies Skinney-Thinganes, Íštgerðarfélag Akureyringa and Gjögur.

The 28.90 metre trawlers are unusually broad with a 12 metre beam, and each is powered by a pair of 294kW Yanmar main engines driving twin 2000mm diameter Finnøy propellers.This innovative approach to fishing vessel design is expected to provide all the towing power these trawlers require.

The new thinking doesn’t stop there as this new series is fitted out with the latest in permanent magnet electric winches from Norwegian supplier Seaonics, with Scantrol autotrawl control systems.

According to skipper Birgir Thór Sverrisson who sailed the new trawler home from Norway, Vestmannaey is a very quiet ship and the engines can hardly be heard.

“It’s a fantastic ship in every way and very well equipped,” he said, commenting that it is a big step from the old Vestmannaey the new trawler replaces.

“There are much better facilities compared to the old Vestmannaey. That includes the working areas in the wheelhouse and the catch handling deck, and there are big changes there.”

The new Vestmannaey won’t be fishing right away, as the catch handling systems have yet to be fitted, and Birgir Thór Sverrisson expects the new trawler to be ready for sea at the end of August or in early September.

If you are interested in exhibiting, sponsoring, attending or speaking at 2020 IceFish please call +44 01329 825 335 or email info@icefish.is.

Icelandic sales:
Birgir Ížór Jósafatsson Tel: +354 896 2277 birgir@icefish.is or Bjarni Thor Jonsson GSM: +354 896 6363 bjarni@icefish.is

Processing. Please wait.