Everyone’s delighted with the new ships
Viðey docked in Reykjavík Yesterday morning after a successful trip to fishing grounds off the Westfjords. This new trawler, the last of the series of three groundfish trawlers built for HB Grandi, has been in operation now for almost three months and its skipper is in no doubt that it has proved its worth.
‘Everyone’s delighted with this new ships,’ said Viðey’s skipper Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson.
‘If anything, these ships have surpassed all of our expectations. They are unbelievably powerful and would easily cope with two trawls side-by-side. They are also much less lively than the older ships, with no slamming, and you hardly notice anything when coming about, even when the weather’s not at its best.’
Regarding the latest trip, Jóhannes Ellert Eiríksson said that the weather conditions were such that it seemed better to not start the tip on home grounds.
‘We went up to the Westfjords and were fishing on the bank off Patreksfjörður and north to the Hali grounds. Fishing was good and altogether we have 180 tonnes for this trip,’ he said, commenting that fishing for golden redfish off the Westfjords is slowing down, but there have been good catches of golden redfish recently on the Mountains and the other fishing grounds off the south-west that are HB Grandi fleet’s home territory.