A busy year for Frost
For Frost, 2014 was a busy year, as the company worked hard to complete several challenging projects, both on land and onboard.
The Skinney-Þinganes pelagic processing plant in Höfn, Iceland, replaced its automatic plate freezers with new automatic freezers from Skaginn, while Frost upgraded the plant's refrigeration system to cope with 800 tons per 24 hours.
During the same period, work began on the new Pelagos plant at Fuglafjørður in the Faroe Islands. Delivered as planned, this pelagic plant was ready for production in August, with a capacity of 600 tons every 24 hours. Moreover, the capacity can feasibly be increased to 1,000 tons per 24 hours.
As for equipping ships, the refrigeration system in the Icelandic factory trawler Skálaberg was upgraded, increasing the cooling capacity.
By mid-summer, work was also completed in Poland on converting two Canadian trawlers from R22 to ammonia.
By the end of the year, Frost had cooperated with 3X Technology to produce a pioneering solution for chilling wet fish. This advanced procedure, an outcome of extensive R&D on the part of 3X, was installed onboard the trawler Málmey, which is owned by Fisk Seafood, Iceland. The solution is unique in that the fish is cooled to -1.5°C and stored at that temperature without using ice.
So far, there are all indications that this method will live up to expectations, delivering raw material of superior quality.
Frost has also designed and delivered the refrigeration systems for two new factory trawlers built by Tersan Shipyard, Turkey. Each measuring 86m long and 16m wide, the trawlers are equipped with vertical as well as horizontal plate freezers, and have a freezing capacity of 100 tons per day.
Staying busy in 2015
In February 2015, Kirkella H7 became the first trawler to be outfitted by Frost for UK Fisheries, Hull. UK Fisheries is jointly owned by Samherji and Parlevliet & Van der Plas. A second trawler will also be outfitted in May for a German company which is owned by Parlevliet & Van der Plas.
Work is currently starting on a new blast freezer for the Faroese salmon farming company Luna, perhaps better known as Hidden Fjord, Luna's brand name for farmed salmon.
A contract has also been signed with Eimskip to design and deliver the refrigerating and air-drying system for a new 10,000-ton cold store. To be built in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, the cold store is being commissioned in two stages: the first half late next summer and the second half a few months later.
Both the refrigerating and air-drying systems will be similar to those provided in 2013 by Frost for HB Grandi's 6,000-ton cold store, nicknamed the ‘Polar Bear’.
According to Guðmundur Hannesson, Frost‘s sales and marketing manager, a number of further offers have been made for undertaking minor as well as major projects. “Thus it looks as though 2015 will be yet another busy year for Frost, with lots of interesting projects”, he said.
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