Happy New Year! A festive day in Cuxhaven Berlin NC 105 starts fishing Björg EA 7 has arrived home The ship name Baldvin exits the Samherji fleet

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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 Stĺle 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 Ólafsfjörđur and Marel. The refrigeration system is from Kaelismidjan Frost in Akureyri and the fishmeal factory was manufactured by Héđinn hf. 
Captains of Berlin NC are Sigurđur Óli Kristjánsson and Sigurđur Hörđur 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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Björg EA 7 has arrived home


Björg EA 7 latest ship in Samherji's fleet arrived in Akureyri Tuesday October 31st. The ship which was built by the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, is 2,080 gross tons, 62.49 meters long and 13.54 meters wide. Björg EA is the third ship that Samherji receives this year, but the sister ships Kaldbakur EA 1 and Björgúlfur EA 312 arrived earlier in the year. The ships were designed by the engineering company Skipatćkni and Bárđur Hafsteinsson in cooperation with the owners. In the next weeks processing and cooling equipment will be installed on board the ship and it is expected to commence fishing in the beginning of year 2018. Guđmundur Freyr Gudmundsson is the captain of Björg EA.

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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. 

“The departure of Baldvin NC is a milestone in......

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