Norway-Humber fresh fish corridor very possible, fish buyers told –

Norway-Humber fresh fish corridor very possible, fish buyers told Published:  22 March, 2011

FRESH fish from Norway could soon be appearing on the Grimsby market in the same way that Icelandic supplies have been coming in for years.

Simon Dwyer, chairman of the Humber Seafood Trade Corridor Group, said that because of its long coastline Norway was a nightmare for logistics companies, for all goods, not just seafood. This created a few challenges.

Speaking at the Norway Seafood Conference in Grimsby last week he said there were real and practical ways of opening trade routes.

The twin ports of Grimsby and Immingham current handled seafood from Norway totalling 37,500 tons and worth £115 million. This was out of total seafood throughput into the Humber worth £500-million.

Dwyer said there were a number of direct sea links between Norwegian ports and Grimsby and Immingham operated by several companies including Eimskip, DFDS, and Sea Cargo. He thought there was no reason why fish could not be brought down by road and shipped across the North Sea either from southern Norway or to Gothenburg in Sweden, which was conveniently located. To make a strong economic case, it was important that the ships bringing fish to the Humber took goods back to Norway.

“Crossing the North Sea makes good sense. There is also an air shipment solution. Humberside Airport, just a few miles from Grimsby, has a perishable food hub which is under-utilised at present. There is no reason why it should not received fish fillets flow in directly from Norway in the same way that Icelandic fish was flown down from Reykjavik.”