New Nataarnaq built in Spain
Construction has begun at the Asterillos de Murueta shipyard in Bilbao of Ice Trawl Greenland’s new Nataarnaq. Image: Royal Greenland

New Nataarnaq built in Spain

Greenland fishing company Ice Trawl Greenland A/S has placed an order for a new shrimp trawler with the Asterillos de Murueta shipyard in Bilbao.

According to the chairman of Ice Trawl Greenland’s board, Ove Rosing Olsen, the new trawler will replace Nataarnaq, which was built in 2001, and is expected to be delivered in May 2021.

‘The existing Nataarnaq has served the company and the Greenlandic community very well. The Board of Directors of Ice Trawl Greenland A/S feel it is important to secure the future of the company’s fishing activities with a new and modern vessel. That’s why a newbuild contract has been signed with the Spanish shipyard,’ he said, commenting that the design of the new trawler draws on the development of the new Royal Greenland trawlers Sisimiut and Avataq.

‘Construction has begun and we expect delivery in May 2021. Nataarnaq will be 82.30 metres in length with an 18 metre beam. It can carry a a crew of 30 in 28 single cabins and and one double cabin. The cargo space is on two levels, with an overall capacity of 2950 cubic metres,’ Ove Rosing Olsen said.

Frozen products from the trawler’s factory deck will be stored on pallets in the fishroom, minimising discharging times. The new trawler will exclusively fish shrimp on the same basis as the current Nataarnaq, which in addition to fishing in Greenland waters has also operates in Svalbard.