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A milestone in Greenland’s shrimp fisheries

During the past couple of years, Royal Greenland has heavily invested in upgrading the seagoing fleet to modern and energy-efficient trawlers. In mid-January this year, M/tr Avataq managed, for the first time, to capture more than 1.000 tons of shrimp during a fishing trip.

A few years ago, when Royal Greenland started outlining their plans to upgrade the seagoing fleet, a beacon was mentioned repeatedly, i.e., that one day in the future it would be possible to catch 1.000 tons of scrimp on a single trip compared to the 400 to 600 tons of shrimp usually caught by the large factory trawlers.

It was, therefore, with great satisfaction when skipper Tordar Dimon together with his crew earlier in the month docked at the Atlantic Quay in Nuuk with a load of 1.003 tonnes of shrimp.

A modern and energy-efficient fleet ready for the future of fisheries

Naturally, when catch sizes, cargo capacity, and fuel are key concepts in the planning of investments in vessels, it is connected with the fact that modern fisheries need to comply with future demands concerning energy efficiency and sustainability. In recent years, Royal Greenland has taken a quantum leap in optimizing the fleet. In September 2019, the shipping company started using M/tr Sisimiut; a modern fishing trawler with the capacity to utilize the raw materials 100%. In January 2020, M/tr Avataq joined the fleet; a combination trawler with triple trawl for efficient fishery of shrimp and fish. Lastly, in 2022 the last large trawler is added to the fleet; the shrimp trawler M/tr Nataarnaq, which replaces the earlier Nataarnaq and is run in collaboration with the company Ice Trawl A/S.

A common feature of all three vessels concerns the fact that the crew has contributed to designing the vessels as modern and functional workplaces that optimize work routines, save time, and, additionally, offer high comfort to the members on board.

Soruce: Royal Greenland (Danish)