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‘We had a decent showing of silver smelt on the way eastwards but fishing for saithe and Greenland halibut has been very quiet. We came out here hoping to see some Greenland halibut as they tend to show up in June, but that hasn’t been the case so far,’ said freezer trawler Therney’s skipper Kristinn Gestsson...

The Sustainable Swordfish LLC (SSLLC) U.S. North Atlantic swordfish longline fishery has attained certification to the global Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard as sustainable and well-managed. Following an independent assessment conducted by Intertek Fisheries Certification (IFC), swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from this fishery is now eligible to carry the blue MSC ecolabel...

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NEW line NOVA / June 7, 2015 07:20

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To celebrate this Sunday’s Seamen’s Day, HB Grandi is holding a family event at the company’s premises at Nordurgardur in Reykjavík...

Vopnafjördur saw a special celebration take place following the arrival of the new pelagic vessel Venus NS in its new home port. A reception was arranged for the residents of the Vopnafjördur municipality and other guests last Wednesday, part of which was a presentation of the new ship itself and the pelagic processing factory that HB Grandi has built up in Vopnafjördur...

A FINE SHIP, BUT FISHING IS SLOW / June 2, 2015 09:10

Venus NS, the newest vessel to join the Icelandic fleet, is now fishing blue whiting south-east of the Faroes along with several others on the same grounds. According to skipper Gudlaugur Jónsson, the ship and all its equipment are in fine order, but catch rates have been low...

The latest addition to the Icelandic fleet, Venus NS 150, docked for the first time early Sunday morning at its home port of Vopnafjördur after a 3700 nautical mile delivery trip from Turkey, where it was built for HB Grandi...

VENUS DUE HOME ON WHITSUN WEEKEND / May 21, 2015 09:00

HB Grandi’s magnificent new pelagic vessel Venus NS was in a position of the north-west coast of Portugal at midday today. The delivery trip from the yard in Turkey has gone well in spite of poor weather and the ship is expected to dock at its home port of Vopnafjördur next Monday...

FAXI AND INGUNN CHANGE HANDS / May 20, 2015 09:02

According to HB Grandi CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, the sale of Faxi RE and Ingunn AK, along with 0.67% of the capelin quota and trawl gear is good for both the seller and the buyer, Vinnslustödin...

‘We have processed 11,500 tonnes of blue whiting so far this season and right now we have two trawlers at the quayside with another 3,500 tonnes, so we have enough to keep us busy,’ said Sveinbjörn Sigmundsson, the HB Grandi fishmeal plant’s factory manager at Vopnafjördur...

SHELTERING IN SUDUROY / May 8, 2015 15:06

Pelagic vessels Faxi RE and Ingunn AK left Tvøroyri on the Faroese island of Suduroy at midday yesterday, setting course for the blue whiting grounds south of the Faroes after having sat out a storm in port...

DECENT FISHING IN LOUSY WEATHER / May 5, 2015 10:41

‘We can’t complain about the catch rate after we’ve had 600 tonnes in two hauls. But the weather is terrible,’ said Lundey NS’s skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson when we spoke to him yesterday...

FIXED BONUS AGREEMENT / April 28, 2015 15:16

An agreement has been reached with HB Grandi's fish production staff in Reykjavík, Akranes and Vopnafjördur for fixed bonus rates...

VENUS DUE AT VOPNAFJÖRDUR MID-MAY / April 27, 2015 12:38

The latest addition to the Icelandic fleet, Venus NS-150, is due to reach its home port of Vopnafjördur in the middle of May. The new pelagic vessel is being built in Turkey and will replace Lundey NS...

A selection of redfish and cod tartares, gravad fish, langoustine soup, marinaded fish dishes and smoked cod roe were all on the menu for visitors to HB Grandi’s stand at the Brussels seafood exhibition. As in previous years, sea cook Gunnar Hafsteinn Ólafsson, who normally mans the galley on board the company’s trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson AK, was on hand to weave his usual magic...

BRUSSELS EXPO STARTS WELL / April 24, 2015 09:05

‘We can say that the first day of the exhibition has exceeded our expectations. As always, the event is excellent and we have been very well received, as well as having been complimented on our stand for being so bright and smart. Its main advantage is that we can look after our clients better, and in more comfort,’ said HB Grandi’s marketing manager Brynjólfur Eyjólfsson, who is now in Brussels with over 20 of the company’s staff at the Seafood Global Expo, the world’s largest seafood trade event, which opened on Tuesday...

All three of HB Grandi’s pelagic vessels are now fishing on blue whiting deep south of the Faroe Islands along with a number of other vessels. Fishing has started slowly, according to Albert Sveinsson, who is skipper of Ingunn AK for this trip, and by midday yesterday they had 1300 tonnes on board after roughly four days of fishing...

The world’s premier seafood industry trade show, Seafood Expo Global, opens in Brussels this week. As in previous years, HB Grandi staff will be on hand to present the company’s products. This will be the eleventh time that HB Grandi takes part at the Brussels show under its own brand name and this year we can be found on Stand 1533 in Hall 7...

FINEST QUALITY SAITHE FROM SELVOGUR / April 16, 2015 09:33

Freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK docked in Reykjavík yesterday morning after a 24-day trip. Skipper Haraldur Árnason is satisfied with the results and said that he is particularly pleased with the excellent fishing on saithe on the Selvogur Bank...

GOOD FISHING OFF REYKJANES / April 1, 2015 09:14

Wetfish trawler Sturlaugur H Bödvarsson docked in Reykjavík Sunday morning with 120 tonnes of fish after only two and a half days on the fishing grounds. The plan had been to land today, but good fishing meant that the trip was shortened by two days...

HALF BILLION ISK TRIP / March 25, 2015 09:13

Factory trawler Therney RE is due to dock in Reykjavík tomorrow. The ship is now steaming home after a successful trip in Norwegian waters. The catch is estimated at 1275 tonnes of raw fish with value of ISK 506 million...

VENUS DELIVERY GETS CLOSER / March 13, 2015 09:06

The new Venus NS, HB Grandi’s new pelagic vessel under construction in Turkey, is expected to go on sea trials on the 22nd of this month. If everything goes according to plan, the company expects to take delivery of the new vessel next month...

Faxi RE docked at Akranes last night with a full load of capelin, 1500 tonnes caught at the outer edge of Breidafjördur and south-west of Látrabjarg. According to chief mate Hjalti Einarsson, the western migration of capelin appears to have brought large concentrations of fish to the southern area of Breidafjördur, but the fleet has struggled with bad weather and heavy seas...

OTTÓ BACK FISHING / March 10, 2015 09:20

Fresher trawler Ottó N Thorláksson is back fishing after having been laid up for almost three months due to a main engine breakdown. The trawler is now off the south-west of Iceland and fishing well...

This year the Icelandic Cancer Society’s annual Moustache March was kicked off with a ceremony held on board HB Grandi’s trawler Helga María at the Reykjavík harbour. Health minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson and Jens Garðar Helgason, chairman of Fisheries Iceland unveiled a handsome moustache in front of Helga María’s wheelhouse...

HEAVY WEATHER SO FAR THIS YEAR / March 2, 2015 14:44

‘These winds have been prevalent for so long that the sea never gets a chance to settle,’ said Lundey NS’s skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson when we spoke to him last week and he commented sourly on the westerly and south-westerly winds that have made this winter such a hard one for everyone...

‘We started freezing roe from Faxi RE’s landing yesterday morning. The roe haven’t reached optimal maturity but it’s important to have the production line up and running when it has reached full maturity,’ said Gunnar Hermannsson, who manages capelin roe production at the HB Grandi factory in Akranes...

HB Grandi has previously announced its contracts with the Turkish shipyard Celiktrans Deniz Insaat Ltd. for the construction of two pelagic vessels, expected to be delivered in 2015. The first vessel will replace two 55-year-old pelagic vessels: Víkingur AK 100, which has already been sold, and Lundey NS 14. The new vessels will be called Venus NS 150 and Víkingur AK 100. Once this transaction is completed, the average age of the company’s fleet will decrease from 33 to 23 years...

QUALITY IN GOOD HANDS / February 25, 2015 09:12

‘We’re seeing higher marks for all of our facilites and we can be extremely pleased with the state of our production,’ said Erlendur Stefánsson, HB Grandi’s quality manager, commenting on the results of an IFS quality audit that was carried out at the company’s processing plants in Reykjavík, Akranes and Vopnafjördur, as well as at HB Grandi's subsidiary Vignir G Jonsson...

 
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