Aberdeen to get powerful new trawler Published: 15 March, 2010
THE Aberdeen based Onward Fishing Company has purchased a new trawler for an undisclosed sum, it has been announced.
The new vessel is currently called the Fridborg and she is specially strengthened for sailing in ice and equipped for shrimp fishing. The Onward Fishing Company has been a subsidiary of the larger Iceland owned Samherji fishing group since 1996.
Haraldur Grétarsson Managing Director of Onward Fishing Company says it was always a pleasure acquiring a new ship. “It was always our intention to replace the old ship Norma Mary, which is obsolete, with a younger ship. The owners of the Onward Fishing Company are very pleased to have found the ship Fridborg, since it fits very well to the Company´so Fishing and capacity allowances”, says Heraldry. The 60 metre long ship has not yet been given a fresh name but it is expected she will be delivered to its new owners in the next two or three weeks.
The older Norma Mary has been part of the Scottish fish scene for several years. Onward has fishing rights for groundfish at its disposal in Scottish and Norwegian waters, by Svalbardi and in the Nordic sea.
The parent owner Samherji is a vertically integrated seafood company, controlling a significant volume of fishing quota, operating a powerful fleet of fishing vessels; freezer and fresh fish trawlers, as well as multi purpose vessels, white fish factories and fish farming. Samherji also runs extensive sales and marketing operations which are coordinated at the company´s head office.
It has two other UK operations, its British marketing arm Seagold, based in Hull,selling frozen at sea fillets and other fish products, and Ice Fresh Seafood, a fish packaging operation in Grimsby supplying UK supermarkets.