Kristinn Gestsson joins Hampiðjan

Kristinn Gestsson Kristinn Gestsson has been appointed to a sales job by Hampiðjan
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Kristinn Gestsson has joined Hampiðjan’s fishing gear division in a sales position.

Until recently he was skipper of HB Grandi’s freezer trawler Therney, recently sold to South Africa, and will now use his extensive experience to help Hampiðjan’s customers.

Mr Gestsson said: “We skippers at HB Grandi have been involved in developing and testing Hampiðjan fishing gear and there has always been a strong co-operation between the two companies.

“One of my first jobs with Hampiðjan will be a trip to the flume tank in Hirtshals, and I have often been there as a skipper and enjoyed these sessions.”

Fume tank knowledge

He said previous fume tank visits have allowed him to familiarise himself with new fishing gear, materials and technology, plus compare notes with skippers from Iceland and other countries.

Admitting he hasn’t “had a proper job ashore after starting at sea when I was fourteen”, he explained it will take time to get used to his new position, but he is interested in the integration of innovative technology in the fishing sector.

“My feeling is that we’re looking at a technological revolution in this field with the data tools that we have available today and hope that these will soon find their way into use with fishing gears.

“Until now development has been gradual, and I agree entirely with Engey’s skipper Friðleifur Einarsson, who said that we’re being dropped into the future. I can only agree, and there’s a big step into the future right in front of us.”

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