New Christian í Grótinum orderedChristian í Grótinum will be delivered by Karstensen in early 2022. Image: Karstensens Skibsværft

Faroese company Christian í Grótinum has a ordered a new pelagic vessel from Karstensens Skibsværft in Skagen, and with a DKK300 million price tag, this is the yard’s largest fishing vessel order to date – and promises to set a new standard for pelagic fishing vessels.

Due for delivery in January 2022, Christian í Grótinum will replace an existing vessel of the same name which was previously Kvannøy.

The owners of Christian í Grótinum have been pioneers in pelagic processing and freezing at sea, but the new vessel represents a return to conventional operation as the order is for a vessel designed to land fresh catches in RSW, concentrating on herring, mackerel and blue whiting.

“Karstensens is delighted with the loyalty and trust shown in us by Kristian Martin Rasmussen and his sons Jón, Eyðun and Bogi,” the yard’s Kent Damgaard said.

“It’s a pleasure for the yard to get to work with such a forward-thinking and innovative fishing company, which has for many years been one of the clear leaders in the Faroe Islands and the North Atlantic region.”

The new Christian í Grótinum will be built at the Karstensen yard in Poland, with fitting out and completion taking place at the company’s Skagen yard. The new pelagic vessel is a design by the yard in co-operation with the the owners to develop a fishing vessel capable of operating as sustainably as possible, with minimal emissions per kilo of landed fish. This includes both new thinking and proven arrangements in delivering a highly efficient vessel, equipped with electric winches and fish pump systems.

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