New longliner arrives in Iceland
Páll Jónsson has been designed by Navís and built at Alkor in Poland for Vísir. Image: Vísir/Jón Steinar Sæmundsson

New longliner arrives in Iceland

The first new vessel of its size for Icelandic fishing company Vísir has docked in its home port of Grindavík after steaming for six days from the Alkor yard in Poland.

Vísir’s managing director Pétur Hafsteinn Pálsson and skipper Gísli V Jónsson. Image: Vísir/Jón Steinar Sæmundsson

The new Páll Jónsson GK-7 replaces an older vessel of the same name which has fished successfully for Vísir for almost twenty years under skipper Gísli V Jónsson, who commented that they had to cope with adverse weather practically the whole way home to Grindavík from Poland.

A crowd gathered on the quayside to welcome the new longliner home, where it was blessed by the reverend Elínborg Gísladóttir before visitors were welcomed on board.

The 45 metre LOA, 10.50 metre beam Páll Jónsson is the first large fishing vessel to be built for Vísir during its roughly fifty-year history and has been designed by Navís in co-operation with staff at Vísir. It will fish with a sophisticated Mustad longline system with the first automated racking system to be delivered to an Icelandic longliner.

The catch handling deck has been fitted out with systems for bleeding, chilling and grading catches for storage in the fishroom. This has been designed and installed by Skaginn 3X, with involvement from Marel in some aspects of the installation.