The first of the two former Faroese trawlers acquired by Boulogne fishing company Euronor is starting its first trip for its new owners.
Now renamed Fisher Bank and Otter Bank, the former Lerkur (originally Audacious) and Rokur (originally Mark Amay) were built in Denmark in 1999 and 2000 for Scottish and Irish companies, and were refitted to operate as a pair team when they were bought by Faroese fishing company Beta (subsequently Faroe Origin) in 2007.
They were sold to Euronor last year and went to the Slippurinn yard in Iceland for their processing decks to be refitted with high-capacity catch-handling systems and icemakers.
These two fresher trawlers are expected to replace older tonnage in the Euronor fleet.
Following its refit in Iceland, Fisher Bank called in Tórshavn to collect a pair of fully rigged 360 mesh Zenith trawls from Vónin before heading southwards to fish North Sea grounds for saithe, haddock and other demersal species. Otter Bank will follow later this month.