New Harðbakur floated off at Vard
Harðbakur EA-3 is the latest to carry the name that has been associated with many Útgerðarfélag Akureyringa trawlers over the years. Image: Samherji

New Harðbakur floated off at Vard

The new trawler for Samherji’s subsidiary Útgerðarfélag Akureyringa has been floated at the Vard shipyard at Aukra in Norway.

Harðbakur EA-3 floated off at the Vard shipyard in Aukra. Image: Samherji

Harðbakur EA-3 is one of a series of new vessels for Icelandic owners, and is the third to approach completion. The series as a whole is expected to be delivered by the end of this year. The trawlers in the series are 28.95 metre vessels with a 12 metre beam, powered by twin Yanmar engines and with Seaonics permanent magnet trawl winches.
The Harðbakur name is one that has been carried by a number of Útgerðarfélag Akureyringa’s trawlers over the years, going back to the side trawlers that joined the Icelandic fleet in the years following the Second World War, and one of the first stern trawlers to join the fleet in Iceland, one of a series built in Spain in the early 1970s, also carried the Harðbakur name for many years.
This latest Harðbakur is expected to be complete in mid-October for delivery to Iceland, where the Slippurinn shipyard will install the catch-handling system. Harðbakur is expected to be ready for sea in the new year.