It’s a long way from the west coast of Denmark to the west coast of Canada, and it’s going to be a 50 to 55-day delivery trip for the new owners of the 41 metre industrial trawler as they head across the Atlantic to Panama and from there to Lingbank’s new home in British Columbia.
The 34-year-old Lingbank has been in the Rassmussen family’s ownership for the last fourteen years and has now been bought by the Dickens family’s Canadian Fishing Company.
Lingbank sailed from Hanstholm for the last time with skipper John Kelly at the helm, and also with engineer Preben Munk on board for the trip to Vancouver. He has been on the Rasmussen family’s vessels for the last 25 years, and the 10,000 mile delivery trip via the Panama Canal is his last before retirement, according to Jens Sauer Rasmussen.
The Rasmussen family are now waiting for the delivery of the new Lingbank from Karstensens Skibsværft this autumn when they expect to begin fishing on herring or sprat with the new 49.95 metre, 2920kW pelagic vessel.
According to Jens Sauer Rasmussen, there have been some delays and the schedule has been tight, but this is nothing unusual with a newbuilding and they prefer to prioritise quality over time-saving.
Lingbank went through an overhaul in Hanstholm before departure to prepare it for the Canadian requirements before it sailed.
‘They have the right boat for their fishing and are looking forward to starting fishing,’ said Jens Sauer Rasmussen, adding that this isn’t the last they expect to see of the Lingbank’s new owners, and he looks forward to seeing his old trawler in Canada.