SNG opens major Shetland division

SNG Lerwick SNG Director John Bach cuts the ribbon on the new depot with (L) Cathal Boyle (SNG), SNG MD Evelyn Kierans and (R) Nigel Tulloch, SNG Lerwick Manager

Killybegs-based Swan Net Gundry (SNG) fishing gear manufacturers have officially opened a new state-of-the-art net loft and stores premises in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands which will enhance their current facilities and allow the company to extend its area of operations.

With outlets and agencies already established throughout the global fishing industry, from Europe to the US, SNG, one of the market leaders in the provision of all types of pelagic, demersal and inshore fishing gear, the addition of Lerwick is a vital link for its ever-growing business in Northern Europe.

The new net loft places SNG with a strategic base for fishing vessels from Shetland, Scotland, Ireland and mainland Europe, particularly if gear repairs are required while fishing for blue whiting, herring or mackerel when fishing north off the Scottish and Shetland coasts.

Situated opposite the only deep-water landing quay at Pelagia Shetland, repairs can be done while vessels are landing catches.

SNG Lerwick manager, Nigel Tulloch, himself with many years’ experience as a pelagic fisherman, said that being able to offer local and visiting vessels a 24-hour/7-day service for a quick turnaround back to the fishing grounds will be a great service for the catching sector.

“We stock a selection of high quality materials for all net repairs such as DynIce ropes, nylon netting for the wings and back-end of the trawls, brailers, and anything else that could be needed.”

“Also, for inshore customers, we have a selection of pots and ropes which can sometimes interest crews on board those vessels, for use on their own inshore boats in Norway or Denmark,” he said, adding that this range of gear in stock also incorporates a large stock of diversified products such as chandlery and other necessary hardware.

The new SNG Lerwick depot boasts extensive area space with the inner building capacity of 525m2 on the ground floor and an added 157.50m2 on the upper level as well as a 570m2 storage area.

This is complemented by the 15 by 200m exterior runway to give ample work area for net repairs.

Speaking at the opening ceremony where local skippers and crews enjoyed a seafood buffet prepared by Helen Jane Fullerton of Hel's Kitchen, SNG General Manager Evelyn Kierans said that the ties between Swan Net Gundry and the Shetland fishing industry go back over 30 years.

“This has always been a very strong and loyal base for us and it is great that we will now be able to enhance this excellent service base for the local fleet and any visiting vessels landing or arriving​ in Shetland,” she said.

“We are delighted with this new depot in Shetland which is testament, not only to the support of our loyal customer base but also to the dedication, commitment and drive of our talented workforce.”

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