Originally ordered by HB Grandi as a replacement for one or more of its elderly factory trawlers, the new Ilivileq has been built at the Astilleros Armón yard in Spain to a Kongsberg Maritime (formerly Rolls Royce) design.
With the new trawler under construction, a lot changed at the owning company as new owners came in, management was shaken up, the focus changed and the company acquired a new name – with the new factory vessel’s future uncertain.
Now the new trawler, one of the most sophisticated factory vessels of its kind in the North Atlantic region, has been completed and is owned by Brim’s 100% owned subsidiary in Greenland.
The 81.80 metre Ilivileq has a 17 metre beam and is powered by a 5400kW Bergen Diesel main engine. Winches are electric and the vessel’s design has been focused throughout on energy saving.
The refrigerated fishroom has capacity for approximately 1000 tonnes of frozen production, and the factory deck has a throughput capacity of approximately 150 tonnes per day. Factory waste is routed to the fishmeal plant on board.
Ilivileq was handed over last week in Spain to skipper Páll Thórir Rúnarsson and chief mate Guðmundur Kristján Guðmundsson, who completed the five-day delivery trip to Reykjavík.