Danish company to build world's first dual net seiner – Fishupdate.com

Danish company to build world’s first dual net seiner Published:  29 January, 2014

A DANISH  fishing company has ordered the world’s first pelagic trawler with two distinct trawl types.

The development is being watched closely by fish catching companies in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. The company is called Ruth AS and is based in the northern Denmark port of Hirtshals. It has placed the order for a new 87.8 metre combined purse seiner and trawler with the Kartensens Shipyard in Skagen.

When built it will be arguably the most modern combined pelagic purse seiner and trawler in Europe and equipped with the very latest in machinery and equipment.Along with many innovative features, it  will also have a high environmental footprint. According to Fiskerforum in Denmark, the project is the result of a close and intense co-operation between Ruth AS, its advisors and the company’s banking partners.It is quite a significant project for the fishing port of Hirtshals which only has a population of around 6,000 people – little more than the size of a large village. Located on the Skegeraak area of Denmark, the port is known for its fishing expertise. It is also home to one of the largest sealife aquariums in Europe where there is a fish tank with over 70 different species of fish and containing 4.5 million litres of water.

Ruth AS is a relatively new fishing company and was only established in 1988 by two business partners. It has since been taken over – in 2005. Like many Danish operators, its vessels fish primarily for industrial fish such as sandeels and sprats, but it also catches herring and mackerel.

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