The pair team of Rókur and Lerkur, owned by Faroese company Faroe Origin, have been sold to French owners in a deal reached through Atlantic Shipping.
The pair are now at the Slippurinn yard in Iceland for new catch handling decks and ice machines to be fitted before heading to their new owners, Boulogne-sur-Mer fishing company Euronor which is expected to run the two trawlers as twin riggers to fish in the North Sea with catches landed in Hanstholm.
The pair are practically identical, apart from a very slight difference in overall length. Although they were not built as a pair team, Lerkur and Rókur were both built at Karstensens in Skagen in 1999 and 2000, and acquired by Faroe Seafood in 2007 and outfitted to operate as a pair.
In recent years, they have been operated by Runavik company Faroe Origin, a venture owned by Varðin, Framherji and Samherji, which at one point operated four pair trawler teams.
The smallest pair, Skúgvur and Munkur were sold some years ago. The sale of Lerkur and Rókur leaves the company with the Stelkur and Bakur pair, built in Spain in 2002, and Heykur and Falkur, also built in Spain and completed in 2007.