Icelandic fishing company Loðnuvinnslan (LVF) has acquired Danish pelagic vessel Asbjørn HG-265.
Asbjørn replaces the company’s current Hoffell, which has already been sold, in deals brokered by Alasund Shipbrokers. Both pelagic vessels are being dry-docked in Norway ahead of the handovers taking place.
Built Karstensens in 2008 to a Vik-Sandvik design, the 75 metre by 16 metre breadth Asbjørn was originally Gitte Henning.
According to a statement by the company, the acquisition of Asbjørn is a major step forward for Loðnuvinnslan.
As Asbjørn becomes the new Hoffell, it is nine years younger than the vessel it replaces, has a 8100hp main engine compared to the old vessel’s 5900hp and has a 2530 cubic metre tank capacity, while the old Hoffell could carry on 1650 cubic metres of pelagic fish in its RSW tanks.
The company states that conditions for the crew are significantly better, and the greater capacity of the new Hoffell provides better opportunities to operate over longer distances on mackerel, herring and blue whiting, as well as being able to deliver capelin for roe extraction.