A new 150,000 square metre port area with a 200 metre quayside is under construction at the Danish port of Thyborøn and is due to be ready for use later this year.
‘There’ll be a big party here in the autumn,’ said the Port of Thyborøn’s head of sales and marketing Tina Jensen le Breton.
This comes on top of a significant amount of investment that has already gone into the port and its infrastructure, including new quays all round, the inner harbour where new vessels are fitted out dredged to 6.5 metres and the harbour entrance dredged to 9 metres – enabling access for the largest pelagic vessels to land at the Triple Nine factory.
‘The floating dock has also made a difference to Thyborøn, with more vessels coming here for repairs and maintenance. We have the full range of service companies here in Thyborøn, so when a fishing vessel comes here to be dry-docked, any of these specialist companies can be called in to work on it at the same time.’
She commented that between 2001 when the port became self-governing in and 2014, investments totalling DKK 300 million with into the port – but between 2015 and now, a further DKK 400 million have gone into upgrading Thyborøn.
‘There has been a great deal of progress made. We believe in getting things done,’ she said.
‘This is an industry that’s going through change, so it’s vital to have good facilities and working conditions for fishing vessels operating here and coming to Thyborøn for services.’
The activity at the port includes attracting business from elsewhere, and fishing vessels from Scotland are no strangers to Thyborøn.
One that’s going to be alongside in Thyborøn for a while is Adventurer INS-8, which is there for a five-month refit that includes lengthening the trawler by 3.50 metres, adding a bulb to improve performance and fuel economy, and fitting a new Yanmar main engine, Hundested propeller and gearbox, as well as replacing the rudder and carrying out other maintenance work on board.
The refit is being carried out by Kynde & Toft as the main contractor, with other sub-contractors based around Thyborøn’s harbour area also being part of this extensive refit and conversion.