HB Grandi invests in new factory freezer trawler
A contract has been signed between Icelandic seafood company HB Grandi and the Astilleros Armon yard in Gijon, Spain, for a new EUR 44.3 million (USD 49.7 million) factory freezer trawler.
The new vessel is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2019, and at 81.3 meters in length and with a 17-meter beam, it is expected to be among the largest and most sophisticated filleting factory trawlers operating in the North Atlantic.
HB Grandi CEO Vilhjalmur Vilhjalmsson signed the newbuild contract on the company’s behalf, alongside representatives of the shipyard.
Construction is expected to get underway in mid-September.
Rafn Haraldsson, project manager at HB Grandi, said the new trawler would be designed by Rolls Royce to focus on energy efficiency for both fishing and steaming.
It is designed to have a filleting and freezing production capacity of 100 metric tons (MT) per day. There will also be a fishmeal plant on board to process off-cuts from fillet production and this will have a 50 MT per day capacity. It will have a fish room capacity of 1,000 MT of frozen products, sorted onto pallets.