Royal Greenland’s freezer trawler Avataq has set yet another record, with a landing of more than 1000 tonnes of shrimp.
Skipper Tordar Dimon and his crew of 25 brought Avataq in to dock at the Atlantic Quay in Nuuk on 12th January after a trip of a little less than a month at sea.
‘It is the first time in the country’s history that a green weight of 1045 is caught in a single trip, which after being processed on board, results in a product weight of 1003 tonnes of shrimp,’ said Royal Greenland operations manager Johan Berthelsen.
This is the third time that Avataq has broken a record. The first time was on 18th May 2020with a landing of 903 tonnes of shrimp. The second was on 6th August 2020 with 927 tonnes of shrimp.
Avataq’s skippers Jógvan Tróndarson and Tordar Dimon, had already said that it was only a matter of time before Avataq make a landing of more than 1000 tonnes. The 82 metre trawler’s 2850 cubic metre fishroom provides capacity for this, and for more records to be broken.
Only a few years back, the largest trawler could expect a catch of up to 400-500 tonnes per trip.
‘We have an incredibly good and stable crew all round, which makes it easy to work. This isn’t down to me alone in the wheelhouse. It’s the great people on board who deserve the greatest credit for this,’ said skipper Tordar Dimon.
Avataq is now alongside in Nuuk to discharge and undergo some minor repairs, before the other crew take over and head out to try and set another record.