Pelagic vessel Tasiilaq has been acquired from Faroese owners, replacing an older, smaller vessel which had already been sold this summer.
The former Christian í Grótinum (ex-Kvannøy) brings Pelagic Greenland, a Royal Greenland subsidiary, significantly greater fishing and carrying capacity.
The handover took place in the Faroese earlier this month, with the Greenlandic flag raised and the new name and numbers painted on. Initially the handover should have taken place in the summer, but was delayed.
‘Due to circumstances at the company that was to sell the new trawler, the transfer was postponed,’ said operations manager at Royal Greenland, Johan Berthelsen.
Like its predecessor, the new Tasiilaq will operate on blue whiting, capelin, herring and mackerel in Greenlandic, Icelandic and Faroese waters. It has approximately 50% more capacity than the old Tasiilaq, and can carry both frozen and RSW chilled catches. Crew living and working conditions are also improved and there is accommodation for up to 25 crew on board.
Tasiilaq is now fishing for blue whiting in Faroese waters.