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BIG CAPELIN OFF THE EAST / February 20, 2015 09:36

‘We’re hoping for the best. At least the capelin are showing up in the shallows off the east coast where we have seen them before. Going by the catches off Stokksnes and south of Hornafjördur over the last few days, it looks like the capelin season is properly underway. A lot of things have taken us by surprise this winter, not least the size of the capelin off the east coast. It’s not far off being twice the size of the capelin we caught in the north,’ said Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of Lundey NS...

NOTHING NORMAL, BUT... / February 16, 2015 09:31

Ingunn AK docked in its home port of Akranes today with an estimated 1900 tonnes of capelin on board. The catch was taken in seven shots with a deep seine on the Skagagrunn grounds off Húnaflói Bay, the same area that has seen the heaviest capelin fishing over the last few days...

CAPELIN SEASON LOOKS GOOD AT AKRANES / February 13, 2015 09:10

Lundey NS docked at Akranes wednesday morning with 1500 tonnes of capelin on board. This is Lundey’s second landing this season at Akranes and factory manager Gudmundur Hannesson said that the outlook is for a good season...

830 TONNES FOR 40 DAYS OF FOUL WEATHER / February 9, 2015 16:13

‘The weather has been foul the whole time, not least during the steam home. We got through the storm yesterday that the Norwegians named Ole, and we had wind speeds of 40 m/sec for four hours. When the wind dropped away to 25 m/sec, the sea started to build up. Now we’re steaming into the wind instead of setting a direct course for home,’ said Ægir Franzson, skipper of Therney RE when we spoke to him this evening...

On 17th of December 2013 HB Grandi published news that the freezer trawler Venus HF519 (built in Spain in 1973) had been sold to the Greenlandic company Northern Seafood Aps for the price of 320 million ISK that should be paid over the next few years...

SEASON’S FIRST CAPELIN TO AKRANES / February 4, 2015 15:06

Lundey NS was scheduled to dock at Akranes this afternoon with full tanks of capelin, the first landing of the season to Akranes. The fish were caught in three shots east of the Skagagrunn grounds...

The last year was the first full year of operation for HB Grandi’s Ísbjörninn refrigerated store at its Nordurgardur site in Reykjavík. In total 33,000 tonnes of frozen products from the company’s freezer vessels and the Nordurgardur processing facility passed through Ísbjörninn over the year...

CAPELIN STAY SHALLOW / January 29, 2015 09:01

‘We arrived here off Melrakkaslétta Yesterday morning but the capelin aren’t showing themselves. There’s plenty there, but the marks are small and the fish look to be dispersed and sticking to the shallows close to the land. This is the same situation as last season, but not what we have been seeing in past years,’ said Gudlaugur Jónsson, skipper of Ingunn AK, when we spoke to him...

GOOD HAULS FOR LUNDEY / January 20, 2015 09:06

Lundey NS was due to dock at Vopnafjördur earlier today with around 1000 tonnes of capelin on board. According to skipper Arnthór Hjörleifsson, fishing has been slow since they sailed in the New year, but picked up this last weekend...

PRODUCTION STARTS AT VOPNAFJÖRDUR / January 14, 2015 14:15

Production of frozen capelin got under way at HB Grandi’s Vopnafjördur factory yesterday with a payload 455 tonnes of capelin landed by Faxi RE. According to factory manager Magnús Róbertsson, roughly half of the fish is expected to be suitable for freezing for markets in Eastern Europe. There is minimal feed in the fish and it is suitable for human consumption...

FAXI STARTS ON CAPELIN / January 12, 2015 14:55

Things have been quiet on the fishing grounds north of Iceland since the pelagic fleet started its search for capelin in the New Year. According to Albert Sveinsson, skipper of Faxi RE, the capelin are dispersed and marks are loose. Faxi is now fishing 90 nautical miles north of Raudinúpur, and by yesterday evening had 390 tonnes on board after three hauls...

HB GRANDI CATCH VALUES ISK15.20 BILLION / January 12, 2015 11:45

The HB Grandi fleet last year landed 152,500 tonnes of fish with a value of approximately ISK15.20 billion. This represents a reduction compared to the previous year when the company fleet landed 188,200 tonnes worth ISK16.80 billion...

As every year, HB Grandi invited its entire workforce for a Christmas lunch. This time the Christmas lunch was served in five facilities at three locations around the country...

GOOD TRIP FOR THERNEY IN RUSSIAN WATERS / December 15, 2014 09:19

Therney RE is now steaming back to Icelandic waters after a successful trip in the Russian zone of the Barents Sea. According to chief mate Sigurgeir Jóhannsson, catches have been very good with an estimated 655 tonnes of live weight fish in their two weeks there...

The meeting took place upon the initiative of the Indian party. The First Secretary of the Embassy of India in Russia Amit Telang expressed his satisfaction over the development of the Russian – Indian cooperation in food product export...

VENUS LAUNCHED IN TURKEY / December 4, 2014 09:26

HB Grandi’s new pelagic vessel, Venus NS, was yesterday launched at Hatsan in Turkey...

Wetfish trawler Otto N Thorláksson RE is expected to be docked for two to three months due to a main engine breakdown. The problem occurred before last Sunday's exceptionally bad weather, and was fortunately noticed before the ship was due to sail...

PATCHY WESTFJORDS TRIP / December 2, 2014 09:20

Freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK is now fishing off the Westfjords. Skipper Ævar Jóhannsson expected to see some exceptionally bad weather as a deep storm passed over Iceland yesterday. We spoke to him yesterday when he said that the present trip, due to end on the 4th of December, had been patchy, with days of good fishing mixed with slow days...

DEVELOPMENTS AT NORDURGARDUR / November 25, 2014 09:19

HB Grandi recently signed a contract with Íslenskir Adalverktakar (IAV). The contract is for a new 1,440 square metre extension for the fish processing plant and a 260 square metre facility for waste handling and storage for fishing gear...

In an announcement from HB Grandi hf. on October 23rd 2014, HB Grandi hf. disclosed that the Company had decided to enter into negotiations with a certain investor regarding the potential sale of the Company’s shares in Stofnfiskur hf...

Upon the agreement with the Veterinary Services of Kazakhstan and Belarus from October 20 to 31 of the current year the Rosselkhoznadzor experts inspected 15 plants producing animal food products, including fish plants and pig slaughter facilities, interested in export of their products into the Customs Union...

SUMMER HERRING PRODUCTION OVER / November 5, 2014 10:10

Early Yesterday  morning the staff at HB Grandi’s Vopnafjördur factory finished processing the last of the herring landed by Faxi RE, bringing to an end a short but busy season that started at the beginning of October on Icelandic summer-spawning herring...

UN FISHERIES STUDENTS VISIT HB GRANDI / October 27, 2014 09:10

HB Grandi has seen its fair share of visitors recently and today’s visitors were a group of students from the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, along with programme leaders Tumi Tómasson, Thór Ásgeirsson and Mary Frances Davidson...

WIND SPEEDS UP TO 51M/SEC / October 22, 2014 16:41

Faxi RE docked at Vopnafjördur late last night after a long steam from western Iceland. The route taken was the longer option, passing south of Iceland due to unusually bad weather conditions off the north coast over the last few days, and skipper Albert Sveinsson said that they had storm-force conditions the whole way. The wind speed indicator topped 51m/sec at one point, although sea conditions were not bad...

STRONG MARKS LAST NIGHT, GONE TODAY / October 17, 2014 14:39

Herring has a reputation as a tricky customer, as Arnthór Hjörleifsson, skipper of Lundey NS, would agree. When Lundey arrived on fishing grounds yesterday evening there were strong herring marks to be seen deep west of Snæfellsnes. Two shot tows yielded 460 tonnes of fish, but today there was nothing to be seen...

In connection with the presentation of the Q2 2014 results, Marine Harvest guided a total harvest volume of 106 thousand tonnes (HOG) for Q3 2014 while the actual harvest has amounted to 107    thousand tonnes, according to MHG. This result has been achieved despite the temporary closure of Russian fish market for Norway in the war of mutual sanctions...

‘We have between 900 and 1000 tonnes of herring on board that we had in four hauls south of the Látragrunn Shallows, deep west of Snæfellsnes,’ said Róbert Axelsson, chief mate on board Ingunn AK when we spoke to him earlier today. Ingunn was then steaming to Vopnafjördur with the first of this season’s Icelandic summer-spawning herring from the fishery that began last week...

Freezer trawler Höfrungur III AK docked in Akureyri late last night, as the ship is there for dry-docking. The vessel docked in Reykjavík last Monday with 9500 cartons in its fishroom, after having completed a half-landing in Reykjavík ten days earlier, making the trip’s total 12,300 cartons...

The HB Grandi fleet’s herring and mackerel catches this summer total 33,400 tonnes. This is a small increase compared to last summer’s catches when the fleet landed 32,400 tonnes...

STRENGTH IN KNOWLEDGE / September 29, 2014 09:14

‘I’m not sure that people realise that the seafood business as we know it today is based on far more than pulling fish out of the sea, processing it and selling it. Icelandic fisheries is a knowledge-based industry on a world scale, and this is obvious when you visit an event such as the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition that’s being held right now in Kópavogur,’ said HB Grandi’s marketing manager Brynjólfur Eyjólfsson, adding that although the company itself does not take part, its staff are encouraged to visit the exhibition...

 
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