New pelagic vessel Börkur NK-122 docked in its home port of Neskaupstaður in eastern Iceland for the first time earlier this week, its arrival just ahead of the Seamen’s Day celebrations that are traditionally held over the first weekend in June.
Börkur has been built at the Karstensens Skibsværft yard in Skagen for Icelandic fishing company Síldarvinnslan, and is a sister vessel to Vilhelm Thorsteinsson, which was delivered to Samherji earlier this year.
Börkur was met on the way by the company’s other pelagic vessel, Beitir, and the pair steamed in to Neskaupstaður together with every flag flying and sirens sounding.
While Síldarvinnslan has regularly renewed its fishing capacity in recent years, Börkur – the latest in a long series of fishing vessels to carry the name – is the first newbuilding for the company since shrimp trawler Blængur was delivered to the company in 1993.
The new Börkur will be open to visitors over the Seamen’s Day weekend, and the new vessel will be formally named at a ceremony at 1100 on Seamen’s Day.