HB Grandi orders new vessels

18 Sep 2013
HB Grandi’s CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson and Ahmed Ötkür, chairman and principal owner

HB Grandi’s CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson and Ahmed Ötkür, chairman and principal owner of the shipyard, shake hands after signing the contract

HB Grandi has signed a €44.5m contract for two new pelagic vessels with the Celiktrans Denis Insaat yard at Tuzla in Turkey.

The first newbuilding is expected to replace two of HB Grandi’s 53-year old vessels, Víkingur and Lundey, and will be delivered in early 2015. The second vessel will follow in autumn 2015, and decisions about another two of the company‘s vessels, Ingunn and Faxi, will be made as the vessel’s delivery date approaches.

The newbuildings are designed for better catch handling, for example, with the capacity to pump from a trawl’s codend at the stern.

Each vessel will measure 80m overall, with a 17m beam. Each is expected to be fitted with a high-capacity double 1,300,000kCal/hour refrigeration system and will have 12 RSW tanks with a 2900m3 carrying capacity. The main engines will be 4600kW units.

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