Fisk Seafood signs contract with Skaginn 3X to outfit second trawler
Cod fishing firm Fisk Seafood has contracted with Icelandic equipment and technology firm Skaginn 3X to outfit its new trawler, the Drangey.
The contracted was formally signed on 26 April, 2017, at Seafood Expo Global. Once outfitted with his company’s technology, including its sub-chilling system, which eliminates the need for ice used in fish storage, Skaginn 3X Sales and Marketing Director Jon Birgir Gunnarsson said the vessel will be “the world‘s most advanced pelagic trawler.“
“The technology is truly revolutionary,” Gunnarsson said. “This will be a huge step for how pelagic fishing is handled worldwide.”
Skaginn 3X’s sub-chilling cools fish below their freezing point without freezing them and makes it possible to store the fish in tubs without using ice, which allows more fish in each tub and the better preservation of quality, Gunnarrson said. The sub-chilling system was first installed in another Fisk vessel, the Málmey SK1, two years ago.
In addition, Skaginn 3X will also install automatic transportation down to the fish-hold, providing a healthier working environment for the crew as well as an increase in the ship's capacity and product yield by up to 20 percent, according to the company. The system also increases processing system automation and provides full traceability of the vessel’s catch, it said.
Fisk Seafood CEO Jón Eðvald Friðriksson said the equipment, which was designed and developed cooperatively between the two companies, has been “a huge success” since it was installed in the Málmey.
“Expectations on increased qualities of the catch with this new method have been right, therefore [making] the purchase on the equipment for Drangey logical progression.”
The Drangey was built in Turkey, but has been launched and is on its way to Iceland.
Skaginn 3X Managing Director Ingólfur Árnason said the contract with Fisk Seafood was proof that the the company’s technology provided value to Fisk and to other fishing companies using it.
“The producer cannot get a better acknowledgment than a happy client which comes back to do business,” Árnason said. “The cooperation in new product development of the two companies has been a huge success and this contract confirms that.”