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The ship name Baldvin exits the Samherji fleet

This week, there comes a parting of the ways for us and the vessel Baldvin NC, previously called Baldvin Ţorsteinsson EA, when it is handed over to its new owners. This occasion marks the end of its 25 years of success with the Baldvin name.  

Photo: Thorgeir Baldursson

The freezer trawler Baldvin Ţorsteinsson EA came to Iceland 25 years ago on  November 20th 1992, and was Samherji’s first new built vessel. It was built in Flekkefjord in Norway, a 1,500 tonne ship and 66 metres long. The first captain to take command was Ţorsteinn Vilhelmsson and other captains during the 10 years that the ship was part of the Samherji fleet were Arngrímur Brynjólfsson, Guđmundur Jónsson and Hákon Ţröstur Guđmundsson.

Baldvin Ţorsteinsson EA was a very successful vessel and its crew broke various catch records. In 1999, for example, Baldvin EA was the first Icelandic ship to push the catch value up to one thousand million ISK.

In 2001 the vessel was sold to Deutsche Fischfang Union (DFFU), Samherji’s subsidiary in Germany and was handed over in May 2002. The ship was named Baldvin NC and has been operated by DFFU for over 15 years. The captains of Baldvin NC in recent years were Sigurđur Kristjánsson and Sigurđur Hörđur Kristjánsson.

The last tasks Baldvin NC undertook for DFFU were two successful trips fishing Greenland halibut off the shores of East Greenland.

The ship has now been sold to Poland and will be renamed Polonus.

Good fortune has been attached to the name. 

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Kristina EA sold to Russia

Kristina_EAThe multi-fishing vessel Kristina EA has been sold to Russia and will be delivered to new owners next week. Thereby ends the more than ten years´ history of this vessel in Samherji ownership.

Kristina EA is a vessel of approx. 7,000 tns and 105 mtrs in length, built in Spain in 1994. She became the largest ship in the Icelandic fishing fleet on arrival in Iceland in May 2005 under the name of Engey RE-1. Samherji purchased the vessel in March 2007 from HB-Grandi hf. and gave it the name Kristina EA.

Since that time Kristina EA has had a ten year successful operation. She began her last fishing trip Saturday September 16th and landed 2,180 tonnes of frozen mackerel in Hafnarfjörđur last Tuesday after 6 days of fishing. The crew used the sailing time to Hafnarfjörđur to finish freezing the catch, whose estimated value is approximately ISK 300 million, making this last fishing trip the best one in Kristina‘s history in Samherji ownership.

Ships don’t get much better than this

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Samherji awarded the Icelandic Fisheries Awards 2017 in two categories - Outstanding Fish Processing and Outstanding Captain

The 7th Icelandic Fisheries Awards, took place last Wednesday evening following the first day of Icefish 2017 which is currently open in Kópavogur, Iceland.

Outstanding fish processing.

Gestur Geirsson, Managing Director of land based production of Samherji was there to receive the award. The prize is awarded to Samherji for the land processing of the company in Akureyri and Dalvík. The prize is first and foremost an acknowledgement of the wonderful work of our staff through the years.

The evaluation of the jury stated that "Samherji has received this recognition for having played a leading role for years in developing technology and equipment in fish processing."

Outstanding Skipper.

Guđmundur Ţ. Jónsson's captain of Vilhelm Thorsteinsson EA received the award in the Outstanding Captain category.

At the award Ceremony it was stated that "Gudmundur is one of Iceland's most experienced and successful masters, and vessels under his command have yielded the greatest value of all Icelandic fishing vessels for years."

Guđmundur has been Captain of Vilhelm Thorsteinsson since 2001 and has worked for Samherji since 1986. We at Samherji congratulate Guđmundur on this great recognition.

IceFish_2017_awardsComments of the judges:

Outstanding Icelandic Processor: Samherji, “has played a leading role in the development of fish processing technology in Iceland, recently taking a major step forward with its investment in a highly sophisticated new fish processing facility in Dalvik”

Outstanding Icelandic Skipper: Guđmundur Th. Jónsson,  “one of the Icelandic fleet’s most successful skippers – he has for some years been skipper of multi-purpose fishing vessel Vilhelm Thorsteinsson landing the highest catch values of the entire Icelandic fleet.”

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Operating in a system of resource management where the aim is sustainable fishing, Samherji, founded in 1983, is a leading seafood company in Iceland. Outside Iceland, Samherji has or takes part in operations in Germany, Poland, U.K., the Faroe Islands, Africa, Canada, France and Spain.

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