Greenlandic pelagic vessel Polar Ammasak is ready to start fishing after calling at Hampiðjan’s Neskaupstaður net loft to pick up a capelin trawl and codend.
Built in 1997 as Eros for its original Norwegian owners, it’s no stranger to its new owners.
Polar Ammasak has been acquired by Greenlandic company Polar Pelagic, which already operates freezer vessel Polar Amaroq. Polar Pelagic is owned partly by Icelandic operator Síldarvinslan which has a 33% stake in the company.
This latest addition to the fleet also sailed as Polar Amaroq up to 2013, when it was sold to Síldarvinnslan to become Beitir. In 2015 Síldarvinnslan bought Danish pelagic vessel Gitte Henning, and the then-Beitir was part of the deal, becoming a stopgap Gitte Henning while Henning Kjeldsen was waiting for his newest vessel to be completed.
Now it has come full circle, acquired from fishing company Gitte Henning by Polar Pelagic, and is skippered by Geir Zoëga. A new Gitte Henning is currently under construction in Spain.
Polar Ammasak has a pair of 3260hp main engines and has a 2200 carrying capacity in its RSW tanks. According to its new owners, it has been substantially renovated in recent years by its Danish owner.
Both Polar Amaroq and Polar Ammasak are expected to be fishing for capelin over Christmas.