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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...

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...

 
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