New HB Grandi trawler equipped with state-of-the-art processing technology
HB Grandi‘s new fresh-fish trawler, the Engey RE 91, has arrived in Reykjavík, Iceland, after being equipped with state-of-the-art processing deck equipment provided by Skaginn 3X.
The Engey arrived in Iceland on 25 January after sailing from Celiktrans shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, where it was built. It arrived in Akranes, Iceland, where it was fitted with a fully automatic fish-holding deck and processing deck equipment designed to increase the ship’s capacity and product yield.
"We are both happy and proud to welcome this magnificent fresh-fish trawler, Engey RE 91, one of the most technologically advanced fishing vessels in Iceland,” HB Grandi CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson said in a press release. “We will add two more fresh fish trawlers, Akurey and Viðey, to our fleet in the next few months, both of which will be equipped with the same advanced technology as Engey. We expect Engey to go on its first tour at the end of April.”
According to Skaginn 3X, the Engey has been fitted with better fish-handling technology and increased processing system automation, allowing faster and more accurate processing. The Engey has also been equipped with new camera technology that categorizes every fish caught by size and species, and which allows full traceability from catch to unloading.
“This means we have an unparalleled ability to trace the fish from the moment it is caught up until it is consumed," Skaginn 3X CEO Ingólfur Árnason said.
In addition, the Engey has been outfitted with Skaginn 3X’s trademarked “SUB-CHILLING” system, which chills fish without freezing it, making it possible to store fish in tubs without ice. The company recently garnered an Icelandic Innovation award for the new technology.
HB Grandi will be hosting a reception at Norðurgarður, Reykjavík harbor, on Friday, 7 April to celebrate the Engey’s launch, and the ship be open to visits from the public on Saturday, 8 April.