CHANGES PLANNED TO GROUNDFISH PROCESSING AT HB GRANDI
HB Grandi aims to cease its groundfish processing operations in Akranes and has entered into talks with union representatives regarding this and the impact it may have for employees.
The plan is to merge the Akranes groundfish processing operations with those in Reykjavík.
Approximately 270 employees are currently employed by HB Grandi in Akranes, whereof 93 are in groundfish processing.
HB Grandi's operations in Akranes include, in addition to the groundfish processing plant, a vessel repair workshop, a fish meal plant and a capelin processing plant, as well as the subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G Jónsson. The company intends to further develop these aspects and to strengthen their operation in Akranes.
At present, there are neither port facilities nor facilities in Akranes to process all groundfish catches from the fresh fish trawlers of HB Grandi. The representatives of the company have however been engaged in negotiations with Akranes local authorities regarding possible changes in this respect.