Icelandic salmon farmer ArcticFish has taken delivery of its first workboat from KJ, based in the Faroe Islands
Tannanes is a KJ 1500-800 design and will be located in the Westfjords of Iceland. It is powered by a pair of Iveco Cursor C9-380 marine engines amd additional power is supplied by a soundproof 115kWa generator. The deck is laid out with a Palfinger PK50002 crane, a pair of 1.20-tonne capstans, one 3-tonne capstan and a 15-tonne hydraulic winch.
Tannanes is the sixth KJ catamaran for Iceland. The first one was build for Sæsilfur in Mjóafjörður back in 2003, and was the first purpose-built aquaculture tender for an Icelandic fish farmer. The last delivery to Icelamd prior to the completion of Tannanes was Sif, delivered to Laxar on the east coast of Iceland in 2017.
According to KJ’s managing director and CEO Ólavur Asafsson Olsen there is a strong demand for KJ’s catamarans, including on export markets.
“For the time being, we are building catamarans No 58. and 59,” he said.
“From day one, our catamarans have been very popular with the Faroese fish farming industry and most of our catamarans have been sold to fish farmers in the Faroe Islands. But the good reputation of the Faroese salmon industry has inspired fish farmers from abroad to take a good look at boats and other equipment used in the Faroe Islands. As a result, we have exported 20% of our work boats to Orkney, Shetland and Iceland,” Ólavur Asafsson Olsen said