Icelandic fishing company Brim has contracted to sell its factory trawler Höfrungur III AK-250, and is acquiring a pelagic vessel.
The former Iivid has been acquired from Arctic Prime Fisheries in Greenland for DKK58 million and it will join the Brim fleet later this month as Svanur RE-45. The 67 metre pelagic vessel was built in Norway in 1999.
The company’s aim is to bolster its activities in the pelagic sector. Brim already operates pelagic vessels Víkingur and Venus.
‘The addition of Svanur will increase the flexibility and rapidity of our pelagic operations. We know well that speed can make a difference when it is important to take catches in a short time when they are at their most valuable,’ said Brim’s managing director Guðmundur Kristjánsson, who also sits on the board of Arctic Prime Fisheries ApS.
The Svanur name has a history of its own within the company, as the company’s director of pelagic operations Ingimundur Ingimundarson remembers well when his father bought trawler Esjar back in 1973 and renamed it Svanur.
Freezer trawler Höfrungur III has been sold to Russia and will be delivered to Andeg Fishing Collective in Murmansk in September. The 56 metre Höfrungur III was built in 1988. The sale price is reported to be US$5 million.