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Happy New Year!

Holiday Greetings to all employees and coworkers at sea and on land with thanks for the good cooperation in the past year. Brighter days are now ahead and we hope to continue our good and rewarding cooperation in the New Year.
Special greetings to those who work over Christmas and New Year, away from their dear ones.  Crew members of Samherji's subsidiaries are fishing Cod in the Barents Sea, where there is little daylight at this time of year.....
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A festive day in Cuxhaven

A name giving Ceremony of the two magnificent new freezer trawlers Cuxhaven NC 100 and Berlin NC 105


From the Naming Ceremony last Friday. On the picture from left:. Dr. Ulrich Getsch Mayor of Cuxhaven, Haraldur Grétarsson Director of DFFU and his wife Harpa Ágústsdóttir, Kai-Uwe Bielefeld Covernor Cuxhaven County and Ståle Rasmussen CEO of Kleven/Mycklebust Shipyard.


Last Friday was a big day in the history of Samherji and Deutsche Fischfang Union (DFFU) when the two new vessels were formally given a name at a ceremony in Cuxhaven, Germany. The event was even more remarkable since DFFU's last new build came to Cuxhaven in 1990. Harpa Ágústsdóttir wife of Haraldur Grétarsson, DFFU's Managing Director, named Cuxhaven NC 100 in a formal and traditional way. Then Annegret Aeikens wife of Dr. Hermann Onko Aeikens, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, named Berlin NC 105. In relation to special event DFFU hosted a reception for it´s customers, officials, suppliers, employees and other well-wishers of the company. A total of 400 guests from 17 countries attended. Haraldur Grétarsson, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, Mayor of Cuxhaven and Dr. Hermann Onko Aikens, addressed the guests.

On this occasion, DFFU donated nine ship models to the Windstärke 10 Maritime Museum in Cuxhaven. The models are made after some of the company´s vessels and show the evolution of German fishing industry in the last century, but the oldest model is from 1921. This gift was well received by the museum's management, as the history of the fishing industry in Germany and Cuxhaven city coincide. Cuxhaven was one of Germany's largest fishing ports in the last century, in which many Icelanders landed their catch from the North Sea.

On Saturday the people of Cuxhaven were invited on board to explore the vessels. It was particularly pleasing that around three thousand people used the opportunity.

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Berlin NC 105 starts fishing

Berlin NC 105 the new freezer trawler of Deutsche Fischfang Union, DFFU, subsidiary of Samherji in Germany, was delivered last week. The ship was built by Myklebust ship yard in Norway and is a sister ship of Cuxhaven NC100, which was delivered last summer. (see news item here)
The ships were designed by Rolls Royce, who also produced the main engines. They are 81 meters long and 16 meters wide. The ships are very advanced in terms of equipment, processing and crew facilities. The ship's factory deck was designed and constructed by Slippurinn in Akureyri and Optimar in Norway. Fish processing machines are from, among others, Vélfag in Ólafsfjörður and Marel. The refrigeration system is from Kaelismidjan Frost in Akureyri and the fishmeal factory was manufactured by Héðinn hf. 
Captains of Berlin NC are Sigurður Óli Kristjánsson and Sigurður Hörður Kristjánsson and chief engineers are Kristófer Kristjánsson and Sigurpáll Hjörvar Árnason. The crew can reach up to 35 people. Berlin NC commenced fishing in the Barents Sea last week, shortly following delivery.
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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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Samherji hf.
Glerárgötu 30
600 Akureyri, Iceland

Phone +354 560 9000
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