Fishing gear company Cosmos Trawl, which has a history in the Danish port of Skagen that can be traced back to 1879, is continuing that long relationship by leasing land in the new port extension to build a new net loft.
The company’s current facilities on Havnevagtvej have simply become too small. As fishing vessels have become larger, so has the gear, and with a shortage of space at the present building, work has often had to be done outside in all weathers.
‘A lot has happened since fishermen were able to take their trawl on a trailer to the net loft to be repaired. Today we need a 25-tonne truck to handle the larger trawls,’ said Cosmos Trawl’s director Michael Lassen.
The company has leased an 8000 square metre plot in the port’s stage three extension and expects to build a 4400 square metre workshop with 250 square metres of office space. The expectation is that it will be possible to take the new building into use in 2022.
It will be fully equipped with cranes, blocks and net drums to take out as much as possible of the heavy lifting.
‘It’s essential to create a good environment and better conditions for our skilled staff, and at the same time we look forward to seeing with our customers in a new facility,’ Michael Lassen said.
Port Director Willy B. Hansen is very satisfied with the new agreement and with the lease in stage 3 of the port’s expansion that starts a new chapter for Cosmos Trawl in Skagen.
‘It’s very satisfying to see Cosmos Trawl moving their activities to the stage 3 area, which is specifically for companies that require plenty of space. That’s exactly what they will get in the new area. Cosmos Trawl is an important part of the varied services available within the port. We look forward to continuing this good co-operation for the benefit of fishermen and businesses.’
Cosmos Trawl has further leased 2500 square metres in the Skagen Tørhavn area, with the agreement signed at the recent DanFish exhibition by Hampiðjan Group CEO Hjörtur Erlendsson and director of the Port of Skagen Willy B. Hansen. This area is expected to be used primarily for a trawl hotel for fishing gear to be stored in silos and containers.
‘Cosmos Trawl is a good example of a company needing space with quay access, but also areas for activities that do not have to be in the port area itself and for this the Skagen Tørhavn is a good solution for the purpose.’